What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County (HFHMC) is an independent affiliate of a global, nonprofit housing organization Habitat for Humanity International operated on Christian principles. We seek to put God’s love into action by building strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter. Habitat for Humanity International's vision is to achieve a world where everyone has a decent, affordable, and safe place to call home.
What Habitat McLean does
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in our community and around the world. We do this by:
1. Constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes
2. Advocating for fair and just housing policies
3. Providing training and access to resources for families to improve their shelter conditions
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent and affordable place to live in dignity and safety. We continue to stand on the principle that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
What and Where we build
Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same guiding principles:
Habitat houses are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum. Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes, and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses, thereby becoming homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County builds 6 houses each year within McLean County, with a majority of homes in Bloomington and Normal. Since our affiliate founding in 1985 we have built 180 homes locally.
We tithe 10% of our unrestricted funds to partner with families in Haiti and Nicaragua, where we have built well over 200 homes. HFHMC is consistently one of the country's top tihers from a midsize market. Because materials costs are lower in these developing countries, the same dollars can often build multiple homes for each home built in McLean County.
By sharing our resources with developing countries, HFHMC expands our impact beyond the local community and embraces Habitat for Humanity International's goal of eliminating poverty housing worldwide. When you contribute to HFHMC, your donation is helping to build homes for at least two families in need of safe, affordable housing – one in McLean County and one or more in Haiti or Nicaragua.
Note: Tithe dollars are never used to support administrative or other costs of Habitat for Humanity in the United States, but are sent in their entirety to Haiti and/or Nicaragua. If a Habitat McLean donor desires that her/his contribution remains within McLean County, we will not contribute any portion of that donation to our international builds.
Heroes of Habitat Series
Starting in 2019, Habitat for Humanity of McLean County will name one of the season's builds for a local hero. The innaugural Hero House will honor Army Ranger Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, who was killed in action April 27, 2017 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Josh will be honored for his courage, his leadership, and for making the ultimate sacrifice in service to McLean County and his country. His mother, Vonda, continues to serve in his name as a volunteer on Habitat homes. Nominations for next year's Hero of Habitat will begin in November.
A Brush With Kindness
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County also does work on existing houses needing repair. A Brush With Kindness focuses on minor repairs on homes of low income families to improve house soundness and safety, restore homeowner pride and dignity, and improve neighborhoods. As in full house builds, partners with A Brush With Kindness must be willing to partner and have the ability to pay for services.
All Are Welcome
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County has an open-door policy: All who believe everyone deserves a decent place to live are welcome to help, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, or political views. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith.