Habitat Deconstruction to Salvage from Bradley Center

This September, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s Deconstruction Services will be salvaging reusable materials from the soon-to-be demolished Bradley Center.

The Milwaukee Bucks are ensuring that rather than these items be thrown in local landfills that instead they’ll be resold at Milwaukee’s three ReStores with proceeds helping to build safe, affordable homes in our community.

Read more about the Deconstruction of the Bradley Center in this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Remodeling or demolishing? Find out how our Deconstruction Services can salvage everything from residential kitchens to commercial buildings. 


Donald Driver Helps Rock the Block

On Saturday, June 16th, Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver Donald Driver joined more than 40 volunteers from Northwestern Mutual to Rock the Block. These day-long events bring residents together with volunteers to perform minor exterior repairs and landscaping projects on homes throughout an entire block.

Amani resident, Dolores

The Packers legend helped Amani resident Dolores paint her front porch. Dolores, a huge Packers fan, was ecstatic to have the Packers Hall of Famer working on her home.

Following a press conference with Northwestern Mutual Foundation president Eric Christophersen and Milwaukee Habitat executive director Brian Sonderman, Driver joined other volunteers planting garden beds and getting to know residents on the block.

Left to Right: Eric Christophersen, Donald Driver, Brian Sonderman

This is one of two Rock the Block events Northwestern Mutual is supporting this summer in the Amani neighborhood. Though Milwaukee Habitat is focusing its work primarily in the Midtown neighborhood through our Midtown 100 initiative, we host Rock the Block events to provide continued support in the neighborhoods we’ve historically built in.

CLICK HERE to see pictures


A house, once loved, becomes a home again, filled with magic

By: Crocker Stevenson – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dawn Marks tried to keep her cool as she picked up her four kids from school. They could tell something was up.

Dawn told them she had a surprise for them, one she had been working on for quite some time.

For almost a year, Dawn had been working with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity to rehab a five-bedroom house in the Washington Park neighborhood. She had closed on the house that day.

Keeping the project from her kids all year hadn’t been easy.



Industry Execs Raise the Walls of Habitat Homes

On Tuesday, June 5th industry leaders from area development, real estate and construction companies joined together to raise the walls of two Habitat for Humanity homes in Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood. The build, co-hosted by the Milwaukee Business Journal, is part of Habitat’s historic Midtown 100 initiative to build, rehab and repair 100 homes in the Midtown neighborhood over the next three years. More than 20 industry leaders, including champions of downtown revitalization Joshua Jeffers and Tony Janowiec, were onsite to roll up their sleeves and hammer nails to help local families in need of safe, affordable housing. With support from these industry leaders, Habitat’s Midtown 100 initiative will transform blocks of empty lots into the highest concentration of affordable single family homes built in Milwaukee since WWII.

“The individuals joining us on this build are pioneering the future landscape of Milwaukee,” says Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director Brian Sonderman. “Together we can make a lasting impact and revitalize central-city neighborhoods.”

With nearly 60% of Milwaukee renters living in unaffordable housing, the city is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. Habitat’s no-down payment, affordable mortgage makes it possible for local families in need to build strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership. By focusing their work in concentrated areas, Habitat’s goal is to revitalize entire communities. After working in the Washington Park neighborhood for the past five years, crime has decreased 48% on the blocks where Habitat has built.

See photos from the Milwaukee Business Journal


Brewers Players Help Kick Off Build Season


On Tuesday, May 22nd Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich and Chase Anderson helped Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity kick off their build season in the Midtown Neighborhood. Braun spoke in front of a large crowd of volunteers on site to raise the walls of seven new construction homes being built on the 2100 and 2200 blocks of North 29th Street. Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun are sponsoring one of the homes beginning construction. The build kicks off Milwaukee Habitat’s Midtown 100 initiative to build, rehab and repair 100 homes in the Midtown neighborhood over the next three years.

The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. Joining Braun on the build will be employees from local businesses: Accunet Mortgage, Associated Bank, First Weber, Johnson Controls, Kohl’s, Thrivent Financial, and We Energies. These businesses are partnering with Milwaukee Habitat in 2018 to provide both funds and volunteers to help families in need of safe, affordable housing.

“Three in five Milwaukee renters are living in unaffordable housing, paying 40%, 50%, and in some cases 70% of their income just to put a roof over their heads,” says Milwaukee Habitat’s Executive Director Brian Sonderman. “We are so grateful to have the support of Brewers Community Foundation, Ryan Braun and all of the organizations joining us in combating our city’s affordable housing crisis.”

Braun, Yelich and Anderson joined future homeowner Sade in constructing the porch of her future home. For mother of three Sade, Habitat for Humanity is all about providing a safe, stable place for her three young boys to grow up. At her current rental, Sade says her basement has flooded numerous times. The landlord typically tries a quick fix, only to find that a few weeks later, the basement floods again. Living on a busy street and having only a parking lot behind their home, right now her three sons don’t have a decent place to play. Soon Demarion, Robert and Samir will have their very own backyard to play in, not to mention a basement that isn’t consistently under water.

CLICK HERE to see pictures from the Milwaukee Business Journal

CLICK HERE to watch CBS58 Interview Braun and Sade

CLICK HERE to read MLB.com’s coverage of the build


Midtown 100

One Neighborhood. One Hundred Homes. One Goal: Serve The Most Families In Our History.

Milwaukee looks very different since we built our first home in 1984. Today, hardworking families are finding it increasingly difficult to afford a place to call home. Property values have fallen dramatically, particularly in areas of lower income families. At the same time, the price to rent is higher than ever. Nearly 60% of Milwaukee renters are living in unaffordable housing.

Midtown 100 combats our city’s affordable housing crisis by more than doubling the number of families Habitat serves each year. Through groundbreaking partnerships with community-focused organizations, we will dramatically increase homeownership opportunities while helping current residents stay in their homes. With your help, more families than ever before will be able to build a foundation for a better life.

Neighborhood Revitalization | 2018-2020

    • With your support, Milwaukee Habitat will serve more families per year than ever before through new construction, rehabs and critical repairs.
    • Your investment also builds homeowner networks, improves health and safety, and supports beautification projects throughout Midtown.
    • Replicate the 48% decrease in crime on the blocks where we built in the Washington Park neighborhood.
    • Transform blocks of empty lots in Midtown into the highest concentration of affordable single-family homes built in Milwaukee since WWII.



  • Midtown 100 is ambitious.
    We will invest more than $10.3M to build, rehab and repair 100 homes over three years.
  • Midtown 100 is holistic.
    We will prepare families for homeownership, strengthen homeowner networks, and beautify entire blocks.
  • Midtown 100 is leveraged.
    We’ve partnered with a community bank to purchase mortgages at closing, immediately creating more homeownership opportunities for families in need.
  • Midtown 100 is a sound investment.
    We need your help to secure $6.8M from individual donors, corporations, and other organizations to serve 100 families in the next three years.


Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on Midtown 100

Watch: Milwaukee Habitat breaks ground on a plan to build, rehab and repair 100 homes in the Midtown neighborhood over the next three years. http://via.fox6now.com/BQIZw

Posted by FOX6 News Milwaukee on Wednesday, March 21, 2018



  • Give a gift online by clicking here or mail to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, 3726 N. Booth St, Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Sponsorship and team building opportunities for companies and organizations contact: Andy Heuer, Development Director, 414-316-5609, aheuer@milwaukeehabitat.org
  • Donate gently used furniture, appliances, kitchen cabinets, and more to our ReStores. Free pickup service available. Click here for details.
  • Volunteer opportunities in our ReStores, on our build sites, and more! Click here for details.
  • Homeownership and Home Repair opportunities now available! Click here to see if you qualify for one of the 100 homes!



Donald Driver to Honor Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director

Donald Driver Announces 2018 Driven To Achieve Award Recipients

MILWAUKEE, WI — Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champion, All-Time Leading Receiver, Dancing with the Stars Champion and New York Times best-selling author Donald Driver today announced he will honor five Wisconsin individuals for their outstanding community efforts at the Donald Driver Foundation’s Fifth Annual Driven to Achieve Awards presented by Northwestern Mutual on March 24 hosted at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel.

The 2018 community leaders who will be recognized include:
• Brian Sonderman, executive director, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
• Gus Ramirez, executive chairman of HUSCO International, benefitting St. Augustine Preparatory Academy
• John Daniels Jr., chairman emeritus at Quarles & Brady, for his work with MKE Fellows
• Katie Sanders, executive director, Safe & Sound

Ricardo Diaz, executive director at United Community Center, will be honored with the Northwestern Mutual Leadership Award for his ongoing contributions increasing education opportunities for students, quality of life for seniors and neighborhood programming for residents.

Each leader will each be presented with an award and a $40,000 donation to each of their respective organizations.

“The Donald Driver Foundation is excited to honor this amazing class of talented honorees that are working every day to make a difference in our community,” said Donald Driver.

Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve Awards presented by Northwestern Mutual was created to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of multiple charities, companies and community leaders on a national and local level. In the program’s first four years, more than $1,000,000 has been donated to charitable organizations, including the MACC Fund, Sharp Literacy, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Blessings in a Backpack, St, Marcus School, Journey House and others.

In addition to Northwestern Mutual, other corporate community leaders supporting the program include MillerCoors and Kwik Trip.

Hosted at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel on March 24, the black-tie awards event will feature multiple, soon-to-be-announced celebrity guests and musical acts. Past guests have included seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight, “Black-ish” Producer and Lead Actor Anthony Anderson, former “Good Morning America” host Josh Elliott, Emmy Award winning actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd, and recording artist Gavin DeGraw.

Community leaders and interested parties can participate in this event via the following sponsorship levels. Tables of 10 will be filled in on a first-paid, first-position order within the category of support donated.
➢ Benefactor Table Partner for $5,000 – Table for 10 people
➢ Loving Hearts Partner for $10,000 – Table for 10 people, preferred seating, Donald Driver autographed gift for table captain and guest
➢ Strong Minds Table Partnership for $15,000 – Table for 10 with two VIP tickets to exclusive meet and greet with Donald Driver & other celebrity guests, VIP seating close to the stage and additional benefits
➢ Community Influencer Partner for $20,000 – Table for 10 guests with two (2) VIP tickets to exclusive meet and greet with Donald Driver & other celebrity guests VIP seating and additional benefits PLUS two (2) passes to the private Associated Bank VIP After Party featuring Donald Driver and celebrity guests

Interested organizations can contact Laura Pappas at the Donald Driver Foundation by email at lpappas@donalddriverfoundation.com or by phone 414-727-3600.

About the Donald Driver Foundation
Founded in 2001 by Donald and Betina Driver, the Donald Driver Foundation serves as a hand up, not a hand out, for underprivileged children and families. With core focuses in education, homelessness, career development and health & wellness, the work of the Donald Driver Foundation touches thousands of lives each year. For more information, visit http://www.donalddriverfoundation.com/.


About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for more than 160 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach, we empower our clients to make the most of every single day and plan for important moments in their future. We combine the expertise of our financial professionals with a personalized digital experience to help our clients navigate their financial lives every day. With $250.4 billion in assets, $28.2 billion in revenues, and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.4 million people who rely on us for life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, brokerage and advisory services, trust services, and discretionary portfolio management solutions. The company holds more than $100 billion of client assets as a part of its wealth management company and investment services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 97 on the 2017 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2018.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).


Habitat Opens Third ReStore in Greenfield

Located at 4150 S. 108th, Greenfield

On Friday, November 17th Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their newest ReStore, Habitat’s resale store and donation center. “ReStore South,” located in the former Bartz’s Party Store in Greenfield, is Milwaukee Habitat’s third ReStore in the county, joining the non-profit’s Wauwatosa and Walker’s Point locations. In the past year, Habitat’s two existing ReStores raised nearly half a million dollars to help local families in need of safe, affordable housing. By reselling donations of furniture, appliances, cabinetry, and home improvement supplies to the public, ReStores have not only become the single largest fundraiser for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, but the stores prevent millions of pounds of usable materials from ending up in local landfills each year. Greenfield and surrounding area residents will now have a local option to donate and shop reusable home supplies, supporting Habitat’s efforts to revitalize disadvantaged Milwaukee neighborhoods through safe, affordable housing opportunities.

Brian Sonderman cuts the ceremonial ribbon

Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director, Brian Sonderman, was joined by Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke, Habitat Board President Craig Hahn, and ReStore Director Larry Starkey for the ceremony in front of a crowd of eager shoppers in the store’s new donation center.

“When you’re shopping, donating, or even volunteering here at ReStore South, know that what you’re doing is more than just finding a new home for a used couch. Because of you, local families will be able to afford a safe, decent place to sleep at night,” said Sonderman.

Milwaukee Habitat has served more than 1,000 families in the Greater Milwaukee community through new construction, rehab and repair programs and provided housing solutions for more than 1,800 families in developing countries.

How To Get Involved:

  • ReStore offers a free pickup service for large donations like furniture, appliances, cabinetry and more. Pickups can be scheduled online BY CLICKING HERE or at 414-316-5651.
  • ReStore offers Deconstruction Services, salvaging usable materials prior to demolition and remodeling projects. Since 2012, the team of primarily volunteers, has salvaged nearly $2 million worth of reusable product. In many instances, these items would have otherwise ended up in local landfills. Find out more HERE.
  • ReStore is seeking volunteers with a passion for thrifting and a desire to help families in need of safe, affordable housing. Signup online BY CLICKING HERE or call 414-366-0853.
  • Shop any of Milwaukee Habitat’s three locations in Wauwatosa, Walker’s Point and Greenfield. Click each location for hours and directions.

Brian Kramp & Real Milwaukee Visit The New ReStore South



NEW ReStore Opening This November!

ReStore Grand Opening Email Graphic

On Friday, November 17th, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce it will open its third ReStore!

“ReStore South,” Milwaukee Habitat’s newest resale store and donation center, is located at 4150 S. 108th St, Greenfield in the former Bartz’s Party Store location.

All are invited for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30am on Friday, November 17th, followed by light snacks and refreshments as ReStore South opens its doors for business! Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke will join Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director, Brian Sonderman, and others in the opening ceremony.

ReStore-South-MapReStores have become one of Milwaukee Habitat’s largest fundraisers to help local families in need of safe, affordable housing. Each year, more than 12,000 donations of furniture, appliances, cabinets, and building supplies are resold to the public at Milwaukee’s ReStores with proceeds benefiting our mission. Last year alone, Milwaukee’s two ReStores (in Wauwatosa & Walker’s Point) sold more than $1.5 million in donated product to help Habitat build safe, affordable homes.

Not only does ReStore raise significant funds for Habitat’s mission, but they divert roughly 5 million pounds of usable materials away from local landfills each year. In fact, Milwaukee’s ReStores even offer a Deconstruction Services team which salvages usable materials from residential and commercial properties prior to rehab and demolition.

ReStore South is in need of donations and volunteers for their new Greenfield location. Here’s how you can help!

Schedule a Pickup Button

Donate furniture, appliances, cabinetry and more! ReStore offers free pickup service for large donations. Schedule online by clicking the button, or call our donation hotline: 414-316-5651.

Deconstruction Button

Milwaukee Habitat’s experienced and insured Deconstruction Services crew salvages reusable items from residential and commercial buildings, saving you time and money. Schedule a free no-hassle assessment today by contacting Jake Weiler, 414-316-5658.

VOLUNTEER: Sign-up for a pre-opening tour of ReStore South and learn about volunteer opportunities, Habitat’s mission, and receive a free gift! To register, complete the form below. 

ReStore South Pre-Opening Tour Registration
Location: 4150 S. 108th St, Greenfield, WI

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For more information or to arrange another tour time contact Nichali at: nciaccio@milwaukeehabitat.org


Former Drug House Transformed Into Safe, Stable Home

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Isha & Osman helped build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage.

In the Washington Park neighborhood, this city-owned foreclosure sat vacant, decaying. Left in ruins by the former tenants, a gang of drug dealers who brought violence to the neighborhood. Partnering with the Milwaukee Police Department, the criminals were extinguished from the property, but the home was in desperate need of repair.

Working with Alderman Russell Stamper II, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity acquired the home through Stamper’s RICH Program. This neighborhood nuisance would soon be transformed into a safe, affordable home

With support from companies like Wells Fargo and We Energies, the home began its transformation. Future homeowners Isha & Osman worked alongside volunteers constructing their home-to-be, affectionately known as “The Deer House.”

The family, including their eight children, had been living in a cramped three bedroom apartment. As former Somalia refugees, this home will not only mean more space for their large family, but the stability of having a home to call their own.

On this block and throughout the blocks where we’ve built in the Washington Park neighborhood crime is down 48% as Habitat families move into safe, affordable homes. Together, we can build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.