This spring, help us build better homes that create brighter futures. Because everyone deserves a decent place to live.
We just marked another productive year, helping 36 families in Milwaukee build and repair their very own places to call home. It’s now time to dig in and continue this momentum in 2017. Every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better life, but we need your support.
Although we have made great strides in our efforts to eliminate poverty housing in Milwaukee, our work is not nearly finished.
This is by far our most important campaign of the year. So much of what we do for families in 2017 depends on the support we are able to raise right now.
Many of us go about our daily lives not having to worry about whether our basic needs are going to be met. We don’t have to choose between eating a healthy meal and buying medicine for our child, who is sick with the flu.
It is easy to forget how fortunate we are to have a decent place to live. And it is easy to forget the faces of the many hardworking people we encounter every day in Milwaukee who don’t. They are trapped in unaffordable, overcrowded, or substandard conditions that no family or child deserves.
It could be the clerk at your local grocery store who helps bag your groceries… or the bus driver who gets your children to school safely every day… or the car wash attendant who hands you your keys with a smile. These are the people who work hard to enhance the quality of our lives.
Your gift today is not only an investment in a Milwaukee family. Your donation is an
investment in our entire community.
This spring, you can help more families and individuals stand on their own. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay affordable mortgages. Please help create brighter futures by giving what you can today – every dollar makes a difference!
In partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and Dominican Center have received 2 of 7 national MetLife Foundation Community- Police Partnership Awards for Excellence in Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Vitality and Excellence in Civic Engagement respectively.
Since 2002, the MetLife Foundation and LISC’s National Community Safety Initiative have partnered to recognize innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization across the nation. This year, 400 police departments and community organizations applied for the recognition, and Milwaukee was the only city to receive two awards. Other projects were named in Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Johnson City, TN, Melbourne, FL; and Chicago, IL.
SIGNIFICANCE: Crime undermines all aspects of a thriving community including education, housing, business, employment and recreation. Amani, Washington Park, and MPD are receiving local and national attention for their comprehensive and collaborative approach to safety and neighborhood improvement. Efforts bring major changes and hope to historic neighborhoods hit hard by divestment.
This November, ReStore is celebrating 10 glorious years in Milwaukee and we couldn’t have done it without YOU! In that time, ReStore has raised funds to build 25 Milwaukee Habitat homes, helping families own safe, decent, affordable homes.
To thank you for all your support, enjoy 10 DAYS OF SALES at both East & West locations, starting November 1st!!! Thanks so much for supporting our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
There was a time when removing a building from the landscape was a dramatic affair. Buildings were imploded with a boom and a plume of grey dust, or they were pounded by the repetitive thump of a wrecking ball.
But these days, thankfully, there’s a growing approach that seeks to keep as much waste out of landfills and reuse and recycle as much material as possible.
Milwaukee Habitat and Lowe’s have teamed up to provide extensive work through a “ROCK THE BLOCK” program, a volunteer event built on our mission to reconnect the community through repair and neighborhood beautification projects.
Over 80 Lowe’s Employees From Across the Region Volunteered!
Milwaukee Habitat is one of 1,400 affiliates from across the country who was awarded a $250,000 grant from Lowe’s for neighborhood revitalization projects in the Washington Park neighborhood. As a purpose-driven home improvement company, Lowe’s help aligns community giving and volunteer efforts with programs and partnerships that complement their core business. As a national partner since 2003, each year they support programs that help to rebuild and improve neighborhoods and provide relief to communities in need.
This grant will help fund the following projects:
The renovation of six homes for families in need of decent, affordable housing.
The repair of at least 10 homes
Improvements to the Washington Park pool building
Speed humps on five residential streets
Alley garage lighting on 40 properties.
Community garden signage
Fifty raised garden beds through partnership with Victory Garden Initiative
Gardening and lawn care workshops for homeowners
Foreclosure prevention for homeowners through tax loans
Updates to the Washington Park Sustainable Community Plan
The grant will also fund a “Rock the Block” event where neighborhood residents and volunteers come together to transform the face of a block in just one day! More than 100 volunteers converged on the 2100 block on 39th Street to help with the transformation on 20 homes in the Washington Park neighborhood on June 29th, 2016. In a neighborhood where the median household income is 49% lower than the national average, too often there is no money left for this type of maintenance.
Rock the Block is part of Milwaukee Habitat’s five-year neighborhood revitalization strategy, now in its fourth year. Neighborhood Revitalization serves more families by responding to community aspirations with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships, empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life.
Other groups who have joined Neighborhood Revitalization projects include Wells Fargo, Thrivent Financial, FIS, VIctory Garden Initiative, Washington Park Partners and Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist.
This was the first of three “Rock the Block” events Milwaukee Habitat will conduct throughout the summer in an effort to repair 60 homes this year.
On Friday, June 10th, as part of the Brewers Beyond the Diamond community outreach initiative, the Brewers hosted a Milwaukee Habitat garage build at Miller Park. Brewers players, led by Ryan Braun, joined some of the Brewers Wives and staff members to frame the garage that will accompany the Habitat home that Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring on North 39th street. The garage was framed in the parking lot near Helfaer field and was on display for the Brewers night game against the New York Mets. The framed walls were then transported to the Washington Park neighborhood, on Milwaukee’s near west side, where they were erected at the home.
Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of their neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood.
On Friday, June 17th, Milwaukee Habitat welcomed its 1,000th family served in the Greater Milwaukee area into their new home in the Washington Park neighborhood. Over the past 32 years, Milwaukee Habitat has carried out our vision of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live through new construction, home rehab, and repair programs. For the last four years, Milwaukee Habitat has focused all of our work in the Washington Park neighborhood as part of a five-year neighborhood revitalization strategy. In that time over 200 families have been served, crime rates have decreased, and property values have risen, helping build a strong community in partnership with families in need of affordable housing.
Deeanna building her own home – June 2015
On June 17th, first time home-buyer and 1,000th family, Deeanna, moved into her new construction Habitat home on N. 42nd street. Their home, sponsored by Sargento, is one of Milwaukee Habitat’s ADA compliant homes to accommodate Deeanna’s five-year-old daughter.
As Deeanna helped build her own home alongside volunteers, she recounted on what this home will mean for her family, “Having an ADA home means a long term home for us. This new construction home will change our lives physically, mentally, and financially.”
Not only will this home offer increased accessibility for Deeanna’s daughter, but Milwaukee Habitat’s affordable mortgage will be 1/3 less than what she was previously paying to rent an apartment that was not conducive to their needs.
This home marks the 26th home Sargento has built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. As Milwaukee Habitat’s first corporate house sponsor, Sargento has supported Milwaukee Habitat for over 24 years, with employees volunteering nearly 12,000 hours in that time.
Help ensure more families like Deeanna’s have the opportunity for safe, affordable housing:
Watch Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director, Brian Sonderman, joined by Sang Kim, Regional President, Wells Fargo and Guy Smith, COO, Milwaukee County Dept. of Parks on TMJ4’s Morning Blend. They discuss our partnership to revitalize the Washington Park pool.
On May 17th, Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun helped Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity kick off their build season in the Washington Park Neighborhood.
Braun spoke in front of a large crowd of volunteers who were on site to help completely frame two homes on the 2100 block of North 39th street during Milwaukee Habitat’s week-long May Blitz Build (5/16-5/20). Braun and the Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of our neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood – block by block – not just for one family at a time, but for an entire community.
The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to Ryan Braun kicking off our build season, the team will hold a garage build at Miller Park on June 10. On that day, Brewers players will be joined by their wives and Brewers employees to frame the garage that will accompany the home they are sponsoring on North 39th Street. The garage will be framed in the parking lot near Helfaer Field and will be on display for the Brewers night game against the New York Mets. The framed walls will then be transported to Washington Park, where they will be erected at the home.
“Ryan and Brewers Community Foundation have been great supporters of our work in revitalizing neighborhoods and improving the lives of the families we serve,” says Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director Brian Sonderman, “With over one hundred volunteers building that week, Ryan is sure to boost the energy of what’s shaping up to be a very exciting May Blitz build.”