who we are
Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads.
Caught in punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to land and affordable financing, these families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear.
Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization who knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress.
Affordable home ownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing. Through shelter, we empower.
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community to help them build or improve a place they can call home. We provide a hand up, not a hand out.
Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.
Manitowoc County Habitat coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in Manitowoc County — fundraising, building site selection, family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing.
We build our homes in Manitowoc County according to three standard principles:
Simple Homes: Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the families' needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance low.
Decent Homes: Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials to build new homes or rehabilitate existing homes.
Affordable Homes: The labor of volunteers and the families, in-kind donations of materials and professional services, efficient building methods, monetary donations, modest house sizes and zero interest mortgages make it affordable for hardworking families of modest means to purchase a home from Habitat.
Building homes is what we're known for, but we do so much more.
We work with volunteers, future homeowners and the community to revitalize neighborhoods, increase tax revenues, repair homes to allow homeowners to continue to live in safety and comfort, reclaim materials from remodeled or deconstructed homes and businesses to offer them for sale in our ReSale Center, conduct events to raise awareness and raise funds for additional projects.
We love Manitowoc County, and we will continue to work to build strength, stability and self-reliance throughout our communities to make it a better place to live, work and play.
manitowoc county habitat history
Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity has been making a difference in Manitowoc County for more than 29 years. When people come together, the results are amazing.
Here are a few highlights of our time as a Habitat affiliate:
1989: Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity was officially accepted as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
1995: Holy Family Memorial Medical Center offered Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity nine homes. Members of the community joined together to participate in the "Parade of Homes."
1996: Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, helped dedicate three of the nine homes.
2001: The board of directors decided to hire an executive director to provide full-time focus on the mission of Habitat for Humanity, as well as monitor existing and future mortgages and liens.
2010: Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity was awarded The Chamber Non-Profit Organization of the year.
2011: Completed infrastructure work in Flambeau neighborhood, built 2 homes and expanded program to Valders with purchase of building lot.
2014: Celebrated Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity's 25th year.
2015: The Manitowoc County Habitat for Humanity ReSale Center was opened in Two Rivers to sell donated and reclaimed building supplies to support our mission in Manitowoc County.
2018: The office and ReSale Center relocated to a new location on South 41st Street in Manitowoc.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.