Our History

Our History

Our History

Our History Building Communities One House at a Time

1991 – Solano Habitat for Humanity (SHfH) is founded by a grass-roots group of Solano County residents as a charity organization, dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing in their community

1994 – A duet in Fairfield is the first houses completed by the affiliate

1995 – Solano Habitat for Humanity refurbishes a house in Vallejo

1996 – First ‘Blitz Build’ takes place in Vallejo.  House is completed in less than one month

1998 – Construction of a duet in Vacaville is completed

2000 – A part-time Executive Director is hired to help focus organizational activities

2002 – Napa County is added to the affiliate’s service area

  • Affiliate moves into its first office space in Suisun City
  • “Capital to Communities” Two-House Build in Benicia is completed.  Representatives from both
  • Houses of Congress participate – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressional Representative George Miller

2004 – A third house is completed in Fairfield

  • Construction on a second duet on Rocky Hill Rd. in Vacaville is started

2005 – Affiliate’s name is changed to Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity to better reflect areas served

2006 – A second duet in Vacaville is completed and dedicated in June

2008 – Fourth house in Fairfield located on Manor Place is dedicated in August

2010 – SNHfH is granted Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding from HUD:  4 homes are purchased for rehabilitation and 2 are completed and purchased by low-income families

2011 – Retail space is located for new ‘ReStore’ at 104 Commerce Court

  • ReStore  grand opening is held on August 26

2012 – Administrative offices move to Fairfield, closer to ReStore

  • Final 2 NSP rehabs in Vallejo are completed and houses sold
  • Major rehab project in Napa, funded by a Bank of America Grant, begins
  • Smaller rehab projects in Napa County are funded by Gasser Foundation Grants
  • Construction of 2 new houses at ‘Habitat Corner’ in Fairfield begins

2013 – New ‘Habitat Corner’ homes on Acacia Street, Fairfield are dedicated in August

  • Work begins on repair project in American Canyon for disabled veteran

2014 – Groundbreaking takes place on 2 new homes on corner of Missouri and Taylor Streets in June

  • American Canyon repair project is completed
  • Major repair project on Arboreo Street in Napa takes place

2015 – First repair project partnering with “Our Town St. Helena” takes place on Voorhees Circle

  • Major repair project for disabled veteran on Pine Street in Napa takes place
  • Construction is complete and dedication of 2 new Fairfield homes on Missouri Street takes place in September
  • Office space on Fulton Drive is doubled in size to accommodate increased staffing and volunteer base for upcoming multiple build projects

2016 – Affiliate purchases lot on Tregaskis Avenue in Vallejo for one new home to be built

  • ReStore takes over entire building on Commerce Court in May, now occupying over 16,000 square feet
  • Vallejo groundbreaking ceremony takes place in July
  • Affiliate purchases lot on So. Jackson Street in Dixon in August, for affiliate’s first Veteran’s build, partnering with Community Action North Bay (CAN-B)
  • Dixon groundbreaking ceremony takes place in September
  • Affiliate purchases lot on Saratoga Drive in September from City Of Napa for first new home build in Napa County
  • “Hard Hats & Heels” fundraiser for Napa build held in October at Central Valley Hardware in Napa
  • Major critical repair project in Napa completed, assisting disabled homeowner with much needed home repairs

2017 – Napa groundbreaking ceremony takes place in January, first new home build site in Napa County

  • Started demolition at Veteran’s Build site on S. Jackson Street in Dixon
  • Held Family Services Orientation Meeting in Napa to find family for Saratoga Drive home
  • Completed Critical Repair Project in Vacaville modifying home for Runyon family’s disabled son
  • Collaborated with Home Depot and CVNL on major project at Veteran’s Home in Yountville
  • “Out of Africa” fundraiser for Napa build held at Tres Sabores Winery in Yountville
  • Recology Solano County holds golf tournament at Rancho Solano, with all net proceeds earmarked for our Veteran’s Build in Dixon
  • State Senator Bill Dodd selects SNHFH as “Non-Profit of the Year” in his district
  • Foundation is poured at Tregaskis Avenue build site in Vallejo in July
  • Held 4th Annual ReStore/Family Services picnic at Girl Scout site in Cordelia
  • “Habitat by the Bay” fundraiser for Tregaskis Avenue build held at Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo
  • ReStore celebrates 6th Year Anniversary

2018 – For the first time in its history, SNHfH dedicated a new house in Napa County. On December 15th in Napa, SNHfH welcomed the Hernandez/Trejo family into our fold.

  • Critical Repair – At the close of 2018 we commenced a project to make needed repairs to a bathroom in a house owned by a low-income senior.
  • In April, SNHfH participated in a collaboration to completely rebuild nine kitchens in buildings located at the Yountville Veterans Home. We were also able to frame the walls for the Dixon Veterans Residence, which were then trucked to Dixon.
  • Hard Hats & Boots fundraiser held to raise money for the Dixon Veterans Residence
  • Veterans Dixon Residence – Commenced work on 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence in Dixon which will provide permanent housing for 6 veterans.
  • Completed a home for the Ponds/Abbott family on Tregaskis Avenue in Vallejo
  • Critical Repair – SNHfH provided needed construction assistance to improve housing facilities owned by Community Action Napa Valley and Catholic Charities in Napa County. The two projects enabled both agencies to better serve their clients.
  • 2nd Annual “Habitat by the Bay” fundraiser held at Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo

2019 – Completed and dedicated our first Veterans’ Residence in Dixon, in addition to:

  • Critical Repair – a bathroom remodel on Sommer Road in Napa
  • Critical Repair – Yountville Veterans Home Beautification Projects, including gardens, walking paths, and kitchen remodels
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