Mother’s Day Photo Shoots Honor Habitat Family

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On May 13, 2017, Milwaukee Habitat will unite family and friends to commemorate and honor the memory of Milan Jordan, daughter of DeeAnna Brown. Acknowledging what would have been “Milan’s Sweet Sixth Birthday” DeeAnna is hosting a “mama and me” photo session with the theme being, “Life and Motherhood are the sweetest treats.”  First time home-buyer and 1,000th Habitat family served in the Greater Milwaukee area, DeeAnna moved into her new ADA compliant home this past June in the Washington Park neighborhood.

Proceeds will benefit families of children with special needs in Milwaukee Habitat’s homeownership program.

May 13, 2017
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Milwaukee, WI 53216


Building Brighter Futures

Spring Appeal 17 Final-1 Web HeaderThis 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.

Janena JohnsonMany 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!

Brian Sonderman
Executive Director

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Milwaukee Habitat Awarded for Neighborhood Revitalization

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.

Read more about it in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article


ReStore Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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.

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ReStore Salvages Treasure from 120 Year Old Warehouse

Have you seen the antique warehouse items at ReStore lately?! Get an exclusive look into how our Deconstruction team salvaged them in this article by Bobby Tanzilo:
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.


HAVE A PROJECT? Contact ReStore Deconstruction TODAY! Residential and commercial remodeling or demolition deconstruction! CLICK HERE!



Lowe’s Neighborhood Revitalization Grant


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 Rock the Block Logotransformation 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.

2016 Dates: June 29, August 13 and September 13

To find out how to get involved with this or other Rock the Block events contact:
Beth Van Gorp, Volunteer Services Director at 414-316-5615 or


Brewers Host Garage Build

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.

Find out how you or your company can support Milwaukee Habitat’s Garage Builds!


1000th Habitat Family Moves In!

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.

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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:
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WATCH Habitat on the Morning Blend

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.