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).


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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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.




25 Years Of Building With Sargento

Sargento Foods is celebrating the 25th anniversary of partnering with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. In 1992 Sargento became Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s first corporate “blitz build” sponsor. Since then, more than 810 Sargento employees have helped to build 27 Milwaukee-area homes and have donated approximately 16,200 volunteer hours.

Sargento embraces a company-wide passion for charitable giving and supports many nonprofits in and around Southeastern Wisconsin, with a focus on food and shelter.



Revitalizing A New Neighborhood

After working primarily in the Washington Park neighborhood since 2013 as part of a holistic neighborhood revitalization strategy, more than 215 families now have safe, affordable homes in the neighborhood and crime has decreased 48% on the blocks where we’ve built.

Together, we plan to replicate those successes in communities east of Washington Park over the next three years. Throughout this three-year plan, we will be developing relationships and finalizing plans to transition our work into the Harambee neighborhood, an area of the city where the average family makes about $20,000 a year and the need for affordable housing is great. Watch and find out more in this video as we’re joined by key partners Komatsu Mining Corp, Thrivent Financial & Wells Fargo.


2017 Summer Newsletter

Watch TMJ4’S Coverage As We Reveal Our Next Neighborhood!


Ryan Braun Kicks Off Habitat Build Season

On Tuesday, June 6th Milwaukee 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 five new construction homes and rehab three previously foreclosed homes during Milwaukee Habitat’s week-long June Blitz Build (6/5/17-6/9/17). Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Habitat’s June Blitz Build. The Blitz kicks off a build season where Milwaukee Habitat will serve 35 families in need of safe, affordable housing through new construction, home rehab, and critical home repair.

The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. Joining Braun on the Blitz Build will be employees from local businesses: Accunet Mortgage, MGIC, First Weber, Hupy & Abraham, Thrivent Financial, Fiserv, Exit Realty Horizons and WE Energies. These businesses are partnering with Milwaukee Habitat in 2017 to provide both funds and volunteers to help build safe, affordable homes in our community.

“Ryan Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are making it possible for families in Milwaukee to afford a decent place to live,” says Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director Brian Sonderman, “With so many in our community living in unsafe, unaffordable, or overcrowded circumstances, it’s inspiring to see the Brewers and local businesses come together to strengthen our neighborhoods.”

See pictures from the Blitz HERE


Milwaukee Habitat Volunteer Awards

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity could not function without the dedication of thousands of volunteers each year. Thanks to these individuals’ generosity, time, and hard work we can help families in need of safe, affordable housing in Milwaukee and around the globe. Each year, we take time to recognize those volunteers who go above and beyond to further our vision of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Here are 2017’s Volunteer Awards Winners, honored on May 10th at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party:

Grace Morgan Volunteer of the Year – Brie Skolaski

Brie WebBryanne Skolaski , or Brie as we know her on-site and around the office, first started with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity in May of 2012, when she joined HYP (Habitat Young Professionals). That September she joined us during the Build Week, and fell in love with Habitat – the mission, the people, and the work.

Brie has volunteered countless Saturdays as part of HYP, as well as an individual volunteer. This coming June will also be the 6th Build Week that Brie has participated in. She has been on 5 Global Village trips (four of them to El Salvador, and one to Guatemala; the last four trips she has lead).  Brie has been on the HYP Board since 2014, first as the Global Village Chair, and now as the Chair.

“Every time I volunteer, I find myself in awe with the amount of kind, caring, compassionate people in this world, who give their time to help others. Building with Habitat isn’t just about building a house for someone, its about building a home, and helping them change their lives.”

ReStore Volunteer of the Year – Mary Nash

Mary WebMary has been volunteering at the ReStore for over a year and a half.

People that work with Mary know that she is very versatile! Especially in the recent months, she has shown an eagerness to jump in wherever she is needed to lend a hand.

In addition to learning how to process items in different departments, Mary was willing to jump in to cashier training to be able to help at the front.

Her friendly personality and passion for the Habitat mission adds so much value to the store. Mary supports the ReStore and the Habitat Mission not only by volunteering her time, but by donating her used items. Thank you, Mary, for all you do to help the ReStore!

Golden Hammer Award – Jim Lambe

Jim WebJim Lambe has worked with Milwaukee Habitat in one way or another since the Fall of 2008.

He started as an AmeriCorps member and worked as one for two years, where he developed his construction and site leadership skills alongside other AmeriCorps members and volunteers.  Jim loved Habitat so much that even after we stopped paying him, he still came out! Jim is now one of our Habituals who comes out several days a week, when he isn’t traveling around the warmer parts of the country in the winter months, but we miss him when he’s gone!

In 2015 Jim took another step along his Milwaukee Habitat journey by joining our Board of Directors. Jim continues to be a huge asset on site where he is not only willing to do pretty much anything, but he is happy to lead others while doing it!

We are so happy to have Jim as one of our loyal construction Habituals, and look forward to his continuing participation at Milwaukee Habitat – on the build site, in the board room, and beyond!

Nuts & Bolts Award – Clark Higgins

Clark WebClark Higgins began volunteering with Milwaukee Habitat in 1993, when a friend of his introduced him to Jean Leslie, who asked if he could help upgrade the accounting system from Quicken to QuickBooks, and he agreed to help.

At that time he was also the Treasurer of the United States Curling Association and had just completed the installation of QuickBooks as their accounting system, so he was very familiar with the process.

Clark enjoyed getting to know Jean, Ann Van Dunk and the rest of the Habitat team, so it was only natural for him to continue to volunteer with us as an accountant.

We have grown from no in-house accountants to a great team today, and we cannot thank Clark enough for being part of our team here at Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity!

Clark says, “I have seen Habitat grow over the years. From an office in the Next Door Foundation building, to North Avenue, to Booth Street. It has been an amazing success story.”

Habitat Hero – Robert Cagle

Robert WebRobert Cagle, Jr. is a Habitat homeowner, father of six, and is a Habitat Hero in his community, closing on his home in November 2016. Robert does not shy away from hard work: since the beginning of his partnership with MHFH Robert was eager to complete his Sweat Equity, which was completed in 8 months with many more hours not taken into account. Robert enjoyed working at the different build sites and he volunteered whenever he was off, donating those extra hours to other Partner Families who needed them. Even after doing all the work he has done with Milwaukee Habitat, Robert still makes time to serve others.

Robert has really been an asset to the WP neighborhood, by partnering with Washington Park Partners (WPP), as well as being a leader in the community and for the youth in his neighborhood. As Robert was preparing to close, he was also working with WPP to plan and organize their 1st Annual Christmas Dinner and Gift Giveaway for the children of Washington Park, which was a huge success. This event inspired Robert and his sister to begin mentoring the youth in the WPP neighborhood.  They have started the groundwork for an afterschool Teen Club. This Teen Club will give youth an opportunity to plan events in the neighborhood and provide them with productive things to do to impact the lives of others. Even though Robert is a new homeowner he continues to mentor new homeowners in the program, and is always willing to be a spokesperson for Habitat.

Check out photos from our Volunteer Appreciation Party