In 2016, Durham’s five craft breweries, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull Durham Beer Co., Fullsteam Brewery, Ponysaurus Brewing, and Triangle Brewing Co., joined forces to do what they do best – make fresh, flavorful beer in the name of positive social change. They came together with the goal of helping to build affordable housing in the Durham community. When Durty Bull Brewing Co. and Starpoint Brewing came on line they too joined in the effort. Together Durham’s craft breweries raised the necessary funds to sponsor a Durham Habitat for Humanity home.
On Wednesday, the craft breweries of Durham realized their goal and “the house that Durham craft beer built” officially began construction. In about 18-20 weeks, the Ramirez Pina family (Javier, Miguelina, and their children 9-year-old Carlos, and 6-year-old Sophia) will call this house, home.
To raise the funds, as a part of the We CAN Build It CANpaign (get it?), Durham’s breweries created a series of limited-edition, seasonal canned 6-packs. Individually, breweries also held special events and donated a portion of their sales. Together, Durham drank beer to build a home. Seth Gross, owner and brewer at Bull City Burger and Brewery said, “I can’t think of anything more important to the community than building a safe home and putting a roof over a family. I am very proud of the Durham craft beer community and everyone’s efforts to raise money together for such a worthy cause.”
Women and men of all experience levels can participate by signing up to volunteer with their local Habitat organization or by joining the conversation online.
About Durham Habitat for Humanity (www.durhamhabitat.org)
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. Durham Habitat for Humanity builds, repairs, and sells quality, affordable, and sustainable homes in partnership with people in need and communities that care. Habitat has broken ground on more than 380 homes in Durham since 1985. Families are selected based on housing need, ability to repay the loan in full, and their willingness to partner with Habitat.