Community Interest

Ameristar and Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County Launch Community Partnership

As part of a new community partnership and in support of the mission of Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles donated $50,000 to the local nonprofit Habitat for Humanity affiliate on July 16. The donation from Ameristar St. Charles, which is owned by Boyd Gaming Corp., will be used toward the building or renovation of safe, healthy and high-efficient homes for families that need a financial “hand up” toward homeownership.

In addition, each family selected for homeownership undergoes Habitat’s free financial education and skills workshops to secure an affordable mortgage and agrees to perform a minimum of 300-to-450 “sweat equity” hours in the building of its Habitat house or on other Habitat projects. “Our Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County homeowners go through a rigorous process to secure an affordable mortgage to realize the dream of owning a healthy, safe home,” said Michelle Woods, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County. “With the generous support from Ameristar St. Charles, we are able to further assist families in keeping with our mission to transform lives through building or improving a house that families can call home.”

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Michelle Woods (center) executive director, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County,
is presented with a $50,000 donation from Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles.
Also pictured are Ameristar St. Charles’ Ward Shaw (left), senior vice president and
general manager and Doug Lang, vice president and assistant general manager.
Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

 

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Ward Shaw, Ameristar St. Charles senior vice president and general manager,
adds his signature to personalized wood framing studs, which will be installed in
local Habitat homes slated for construction. A long-held Habitat for Humanity of
St. Charles County tradition, each home will feature one special framing stud signed
by stakeholders and volunteers in support of and to welcome the new family.
Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.   



About Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County
Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County builds safe, decent and affordable homes with hard-working families in St. Charles County. The nonprofit community-level affiliate acts in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, an international, non-governmental, nonprofit organization devoted to building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County has built 90 homes for Habitat families since 1997, with more than 2,000 volunteers donating 14,000 hours each year.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County offers a “hand up” opportunity that transforms lives, builds a strong foundation and forges lasting relationships with communities for a bright future. Applicants and co-applicants selected for a Habitat home agree to perform a minimum of 150 “sweat equity” hours each, for a total of at least 300-to-450 hours, in the building of their home or other Habitat projects. In collaboration with community partners, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County offers free financial coaching and skills to potential homeowners through the Homebuyer Readiness Program, in which participants learn about credit, debt, budgeting, setting goals and saving money. In addition, the organization guides homeowners through an affordable mortgage repayment process.

To help fund and support these efforts, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County operates the Habitat St. Charles ReStore http://habitatstcharles.org/restore/, a retail outlet located at 186 Mid Rivers Center in St. Peters. ReStore, which opened in 2007, has diverted over 100,000 tons of waste from local landfills by selling donated new and used building materials, appliances, furniture and select home goods items back to the general public at fair prices. Funds raised allow Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County to be self-sustaining, with nearly 100 percent of every dollar donated going directly toward building simple, decent, affordable homes for deserving families in St. Charles County. In addition, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County hosts an annual gala as its premier fundraiser in November, a trivia night each spring and an annual Women Build movement, an international effort to empower women to help families build strength, stability and independence through hands-on learning.

Ameristar Casino ResortAbout Spa
Located in historic St. Charles, Missouri, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles offers an exceptional gaming and entertainment experience in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The property features a 130,000-square-foot casino; AAA Four-Diamond full-service luxury suite hotel with 400 well-appointed rooms; an indoor-outdoor pool; seven dining venues; 12 bars; an entertainment venue; a full-service luxury day spa; and a 22,000-square-foot conference center. Visit www.ameristarstcharles.com

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa is owned by Boyd Gaming Corp., one of the largest and most successful casino entertainment companies in the United States. Based in Paradise, Nevada, and founded in 1975, the gaming and hospitality company currently owns and operates 28 gaming properties in 10 states, including Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand-up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.