Home Repairs

A Brush with Kindness - Home Repair Ministry

A Brush With Kindness serves as an extension of our homebuilding program, focusing on minor exterior repairs on homes of low-income families to improve house soundness and safety, restore pride and dignity, and revitalize local neighborhoods. ABWK also strengthens connections within the community and preserves affordable housing stock. As in full house builds, partners with A Brush With Kindess must be willing to partner and have the ability to pay for services.

Scope of Services

Each project will be evaluated by Habitat’s Construction Staff. Projects might include:

  • Exterior painting
  • Landscaping
  • Porch repair
  • Exterior door repair and replacement
  • Siding repair and replacement
  • Soffit or fascia replacement
  • Limited roof repair and replacement
  • Limited mobile home repairs 

Partner Qualifications

A Brush With Kindness is open to any homeowner in Bloomington-Normal. As a Christian housing ministry, Habitat believes in offering a hand up, not a handout. For this reason, partnering families must meet the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate a need through a property inspection and income guidelines
  2. Be willing to partner by completing “sweat equity” on their project or another Habitat initiative
  3. Have the ability to pay back an affordable, no-interest loan (payment plans available)
  4. Have homeowner's insurance

Applications on hold. We have scheduled all the projects we can complete during the current build season. Any applications submitted now will be held and evaluated in the spring of 2019.

 Click here download an application

Get Involved

Churches, youth groups, businesses, organizations, and individuals can play a role in making our community more beautiful and better connected.


Your donations make house rehabilitation projects possible by covering the upfront costs. Your generosity allows A Brush With Kindness project loans to remain interest-free for homeowners as they invest in the future of their homes and neighborhoods.

Sponsor a Project

A Brush With Kindness sponsorships are a great opportunity “take ownership” of an entire project! Not only can you fund the initial costs of the repair, you can also work alongside a partner family. You will feel good knowing your contributions allowed a family to live more comfortably in their home.


For more information, please contact us at 309.827.3931 or info@habitatmclean.org.