First Midtown 100 Family Moves In

Tiara, a mother of two (one an infant), for the past few years has been raising her young daughter in what she describes as a “concrete townhouse.” Simple concrete block, without insulation, was all that’s been separating her family from the cold Wisconsin winters. Heating bills had been through the roof. On top the mounting heating bills, Tiara’s landlord had raised the cost of her rental twice in just over a year.

With help from Milwaukee Habitat, Tiara built a safe, affordable home becoming the first family of Milwaukee Habitat’s historic Midtown 100 initiative. Thanks to your support, Tiara now owns a home where she can raise her children for years to come.

99 more homes are being built, rehabbed and repaired in the Midtown neighorhood over the next three years to create the highest concentration of affordable, single family homes built in Milwaukee since WWII.

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Midtown Block Being Transformed Thanks to Komatsu

As part of their historic Midtown 100 initiative, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity is transforming the 2000 block of North 30th street from a large vacant lot into a row of brand new affordable homes. More than 400 volunteers were on site the second week of September to completely frame four new homes thanks to support from Komatsu, a global company with subsidiary headquarters in Milwaukee.

The heavy equipment and technology company, who next year will mark 135 years of doing business in Milwaukee, is sponsoring two of the four homes being framed. Komatsu employees will make up nearly half of the volunteers who will be working alongside future homeowners raising the walls of these homes.

These are the 20th and 21st homes Komatsu has built in partnership with Milwaukee Habitat, a partnership that has now exceeded $1.4 million in financial support and 7600 employee volunteer hours since 2011.

Milwaukee Habitat’s Midtown 100 initiative to build, rehab and repair 100 homes over the next three years will create the highest concentration of affordable single-family homes built in Milwaukee since World War II.

Watch CBS58’s coverage of the Komatsu Build

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Take Home a Piece of the Bradley Center

As the Milwaukee Bucks plan to start their season in the new Fiserv Forum, fans will have an opportunity to own a piece of their former home: the soon-to-be demolished Bradley Center. Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s Deconstruction Services team will be salvaging lockers, seating, cabinets, lighting and more from the iconic Milwaukee venue throughout the month of September.

Jake Weiler, Deconstruction Services Manager, estimates nearly 70,000 pounds of materials to be salvaged over the course of the month. All items will be resold at Milwaukee’s three ReStores with proceeds helping to build safe, affordable homes in our community. Deconstruction began September 6th and will continue through September 27th.

Read more about the deconstruction in this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

See the latest Bradley Center product to land at our stores on our Facebook page

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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.

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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’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.

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,
  • 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 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


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).