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2013 Stats (2014 in progress)

We completed 90 sites - 80 homes and 10 nonprofit facilities


We had a total of 1004 volunteers who worked a total of 5,592 hours


Number of disabled served - 94


Average annual income - $22,026


Since our inception in 2003 we have completed 559 projects and served 1026 people.

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The 2012 Saratoga Showcase of Homes planning is now in full swing…


March 6, 2012; The 2012 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Committee is in full swing planning this year’s edition of the area’s premiere new home tour. Now celebrating its 17th year, this annual community event has contributed over $725,000 to our local charities. The 2012 Showcase of Homes will be over three spectacular weekends this fall on September 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30 featuring the regions finest, award-winning builders. Tickets are still only $20. There will also be our unique Chef’s “Saratoga Style” event on two Fridays during the showcase. Last year, 19 magnificent homes were featured in Saratoga County, and record numbers of people visited these properties. The list of homes entered this year is currently at 10 with more to follow in the next month. A new twist this year is having several newly constructed rental apartments and possibly several renovated/rehab homes on the tour. Stay tuned for more details.




Guardian House Project a MAJOR Success!


With over 90 volunteers contributing more than 613 hours of labor, Rebuilding Together Saratoga completed the conversion of a seasonal porch into a permanent Day Room at the Guardian House-on time and within budget. The Guardian House in Ballston Spa is a transitional shelter for homeless women veterans. None of this would be possible without our community's participation in the Sears Operation Rebuild grant award contest on Facebook which took place in October. Because of your support, we received the first place award of $20,000 which enabled us to accomplish all that we dreamed of. We are proud to say our women veterans now have a space that is their own - warm, safe and dry and most importantly - serene and comforting. We thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard day in and day out. They were driven, focused and intent on giving back to the women veterans who served our country with honor. We also want to thank the following local businesses who provided the needed materials, goods and specialized services essential to the project:


Allerdice Building Supply

Ballston Carpet and Tile

Correct Energy Environments, Spray Foam Insulation

Saratoga Fireplace and Stove

Taft Furniture and Showroom Warehouse

MNJ Services, Electrical Contracting

A. Little, Custom Carpentry



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The Saratoga Builders Association is proud to present a total of $75,000 to two local charities from the proceeds of this year's 2011 Showcase of Homes sponsored by Adirondack Trust. From left to right; Heidi Ives, VP Adirondack Trust; Tony Verhaeg, President of SBA; Barry Potoker, Executive Director of SBA; Michelle Larkin, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County; Tammy DiCara, Habitat for Humanity; Lisa Licata-Stoll, Showcase of Homes Co-Chair; Stephan von Schenk, Executive VP Adirondack Trust.

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Saratoga Builders Association raises a record

$75,000 from 2011 Showcase of Homes For Local Charities!


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Saratoga Builders Association is proud to present the proceeds totaling $75,000 from the 2011 Showcase of Homes to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Over the past 16 years, the Saratoga Builders Association has contributed over $725,000 to our local charities and toward college scholarships.


The 2011 edition of the Showcase of Homes was spectacular and the largest ever in its history with 16 award-winning builders presenting 19 homes. The two “Chefs – Saratoga Style” evenings were big draws with record numbers in attendance. This year’s showcase was a tremendous success with nearly 4000 people purchasing tickets to tour the beautiful new homes on display in Saratoga County over three weekends. The builder’s artistry along with the many talented designers who helped showcase their fine work gave our community an opportunity to preview current trends in building, landscaping, decorating and interior design.

In what has become tradition in our area, the Saratoga Builders Association is looking forward to keeping this long running show, which just concluded its 16th year, an integral part of the fabric in our fall season. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s People’s Choice Awards; Waldron Builders (Brampton Woods) for Classic Home; Witt Construction (Woodard Road) for Executive Home; R J Taylor Builders for Luxury Home; Bonacio Construction for Condominium Home.




Shelter for female veterans wins funding


Dave Canfield This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | Posted: Sunday, October 9, 2011 4:04pm |


BALLSTON -- A construction project to improve Guardian House, a residence for homeless female veterans, bested 24 other projects in an online contest to win $20,000 from retailer Sears.

The money will fund a renovation of the community room at the Route 50 facility, which welcomed its first resident a week ago and will house up to 11 women. "I’m excited for the program," said housing coordinator Patricia Whitaker-Torres, who has been interviewing interested veterans. "We’re getting there."

Construction will begin Oct. 15 on the room, which will receive a new ceiling, new flooring and windows, among other improvements. It should be complete in about a week. Those who have been involved in getting Guardian House off the ground say the community will be pivotal to the women’s emotional recovery. Most are victims of sexual assault, and many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their time in the military.

"It’s what we would call in the military a day room," Whitaker-Torres said. "It’s a room where we can do our daily meetings with the women." The Sears contest awarded a combined $250,000 to 25 affiliates of the charity Rebuilding Together for projects that benefit veterans. While all received at least $6,000, the Guardian House project offered earned the most votes in a poll on Sears’ Facebook page and won the largest sum.

"We beat out big cities such as Pittsburgh and Washington. It’s quite an accomplishment," said Budd Mazurek, executive director at the Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company, which runs the home. The organization also manages a similar home for male veterans on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa, which is steadily filled to occupancy.

"It’s a great issue for everybody to rally around," said Michelle Larkin, executive director of Rebuilding Together in Saratoga County. Larkin said a number of people, including students at Skidmore College and employees at Bonacio Construction, have volunteered to help with the work at Guardian House. State troopers have volunteered to install a wheelchair ramp, and Whitaker-Torres said Home Depot has offered help.

Flat-screen televisions and computers have also been donated to Guardian House, she said.

The building at 1214 Route 50 was purchased earlier this year with private donations and a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to Rebuilding Together, there are about 68,000 female veterans in New York. One in every 16 of those is homeless, or about 4,250 women.

Applicants to Guardian House must be sober and honorably discharged from the armed services. Referrals have come from various veterans’ groups and social service agencies, Whitaker-Torres said, but candidates may also apply on their own.

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