ST. PETERS, Mo. (March 23, 2021) – Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, dedicated to creating quality, affordable homes where families partner, build and buy, announces the additions of Paublo Baca and Meghan Steineker to the local Habitat affiliate team.
With nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Baca joins the nonprofit organization as construction manager, where he leads a host of construction activities at the Habitat affiliate build sites, including contracts, design, specifications, estimating, permitting and scheduling. In addition, he works closely with workers in the skilled construction trades and supervises volunteers to ensure a high level of quality and safety. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, he served as construction coordinator at Skagit Habitat for Humanity in Mt. Vernon, Washington. He also earned construction manager certification with Habitat for Humanity International. Baca holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Steineker joins the nonprofit organization as volunteer and community engagement coordinator. In this role, she will implement outreach to individuals, churches, businesses and corporations on the critical role the affiliate plays in the community and develop programs in which they can impact change. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, Steineker served as community access program manager at Support Inc., in Aurora, Colorado, a premier provider of community-based solutions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
“We are excited to have Paublo and Meghan join our dedicated team,” said Michelle Woods, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County. “Their outstanding skills and experience coincide with our mission and love for our Habitat families, and in their respective new positions, they have the unique opportunity to serve as catalysts toward our efforts for philanthropic growth and serving families in 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 89 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 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 Habitat St. Charles ReStore 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 the annual Frame the Future Gala as its premier fundraiser in November, a trivia night each spring and sponsors Women Build, an international effort to empower women to help families build strength, stability and independence through hands-on learning.
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