Annual Report 2021

In this three part mini-documentary, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity examines the power and accessibility to homeownership in our city with renowned local historian Reggie Jackson. In part 1, “The Cost of Home,” we dive into Milwaukee’s affordable housing crisis and how it came to be. Narrated by Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton.

a word from our executive director

For so many families in our community, 2021 necessitated tremendous resilience. The ongoing pandemic encumbered strain and hardship on our neighbors throughout the city, but particularly those earning below Milwaukee’s median income. As immense challenges like these persist, it’s more important than ever to come together and support one another. Since Habitat’s founding on a small community farm outside of Americus, Georgia back in 1965, this has been foundational to our mission.

Community members joined together on Koinonia farm to develop the concept of “partnership housing” that’s still very much at the core of what we do today. That concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes.

This entire concept is predicated on partnerships. Local families partnering with volunteers and supporters to build homes, communities and hope. And given the events of the last year, the homes we’re building together are a sign of hope. Not only for the homeowners who live in them, but for our neighborhoods and our entire city.

As you’ll see throughout this report, there were so many who invested their time, talents and resources in the concept of “partnership housing” this year. To say thank you doesn’t even begin to express the immense gratitude I have for all of you.

The community you are building in our neighborhoods and amongst each other is a force for good that stands up against some of the greatest challenges we face today. It’s together, as partners, that we can meet these challenges head on with hard work, empathy and hope.

In Partnership,

Brian Sonderman
Executive Director

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s Deconstruction Services team shares why they salvage materials to support Habitat’s mission.
In part two of our three part mini-documentary, “The Keys to Equity,” we go inside the Habitat home of Latasha Carter. Watch how she “beat the statistics” and overcame adversity to build her very own home. Narrated by Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton.
Part three of our mini-documentary, “The Power of Home,” examines the impact affordable homeownership has on local families and our community. Habitat homeowner Latasha Carter and renowned historian Reggie Jackson provide insight, with narration by Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton.

Detailed Financial Audits: 2021 | 2020 | 2019

Founded in 2021, members of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s Legacy Society have pledged planned gifts designated in wills or trusts. Their gifts will ensure families have the security of owning a home for generations to come.
We thank our founding Legacy Society Members:

Lois Bernard
Dennis Cahn
John Danninger
David Feiss & Patricia Hanz
Jan Fox
Ken & Cindy Gear
Nancy Gruner
Debra Hintz
Bill & Lois Hoover
Donald & Cynthia Jamnik
Daniel Karrels
Terry & Anne Neafie
Bonnie Patton
Marceline Roberts
James Schinneller
Dennis Sell
Brie Skolaski
Dave & Valle Sonderman
Lucille Swain
Greg & Ann Van Dunk
Mark Volz
Brian & Rebekah Wickert

If you have designated Milwaukee Habitat in your plans and we have missed your name in error, please call 414-316-5611.

Milwaukee Habitat extends its deep gratitude to the following individuals, churches, corporations, foundations and other organizations making donations of $1,000 and above.*

City of Milwaukee – HOME and RICH Funds

Friendship House
Habitat for Humanity International – SHOP Funds
Sargento Foods
Wells Fargo

Accunet Mortgage / Brian & Rebekah Wickert
Argosy Foundation
State of WI – Lead-Safe Homes Program

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Brewers Community Foundation & Fairway Independent Mortgage
Sally Daugherty
Joseph & Vera Zilber Family Foundation
The Lawlis Family Fund and The Ramaker Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Margery Holley Uihlein Fund through the American Endowment Foundation
Northwestern Mutual Foundation

In Memoriam – Robert Byrne & Suzan Hester
Firefly Real Estate
Habitat for Humanity International – Cars for Homes
John Shelton Trust
Johnson Controls Foundation
David & Susan Ogden
John Perrin & Julie Jorns
Stormy Hill Foundation
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
UPS Foundation
We Energies Foundation

Associated Bank
BMO Harris Bank
First Weber Group Foundation
Gladys E. Gores Charitable Foundation
GMAR – Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
Clark & Priscilla Higgins
William & Marian Nasgovitz
The Ridge Community Church
Schoenleber Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation

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Lois Bernard
Ray & Leah Brandt
Crossroads Presbyterian Church
The Duback Family Charitable Fund
Elaine J. Harris Living Trust
First Midwest Bank
Habitat 500 – Friends of Donna Kummer
Heartland Advisors
Ed & Helen Hintz
Home Depot Foundation
Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation
Jill & George Fahr Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund
of the Bradley Impact Fund
John Kaufman
CJ Kim
Bill & Christie Krugler
Terry & Kristie Kurtenbach
Marsha Ernst Krueger Charitable Fund through the Greater
Milwaukee Foundation
Presbytery of Milwaukee
John Stutt & Dena Lieberman
Scott & Sally Swick
Trainer Family Foundation

Anon Charitable Trust
Charles Bohl
Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation
Christ King Catholic Parish
The Estate of Charles & Natalie Moritz
David Feiss & Patty Hanz
Richard & Jane Fogerty
Ken & Cindy Gear
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Powers Realty Group
Scot Forge ‡

American Roller Bearing Co. ‡
William & Barbara Boles
James & Lisa Borris
Continental Properties Co.
Steve Everett, Jr. & Pennie Everett
Fiduciary Real Estate Development
Frieda & William Hunt Memorial Trust
Andrea Golvach
Andrew & Courtney Hyzer
Kuehl Family Foundation
Barry & Eileen Mandel
The Master Lock Co.
Sandra Molenda
Nasgovitz Family Foundation
Pick ‘n Save / Roundy’s Foundation
Pieper Electric / Ideal Mechanical
David & Corrie Prunuske
Ralph Evinrude Foundation
Philip & Karen Sonderman
Stackner Family Foundation
David & Joan Totten
Trade Tech ‡
WaterStone Bank
Wilbert & Genevieve Schauer Foundation
Wimmer Communities
Mark & Sally Winkelman

American Tank & Fabricating ‡
Badger Meter Foundation
David Bahl, Jr.
Dave & Susan Bohl
Douglas & Barb Braun
Brookfield Lutheran Church
Rod Bull
Karl & Nancy Byleen
Chris & Kelly Calvelli
Diane Carr
Castle Metals ‡
Conductix Wampfler ‡
David & Diane Berg Family Charitable Trust
Edw. C. Levy Co.
Emmanuel Community United Methodist Church
Erie Insurance
Andy Feiring & Florence Steinberger
Jerold & Nancy Fennell
Finkl Steel ‡
Louis & Michele Gentine
Green Bay Packers Foundation
Jason & April Hansen
Industrial Maintenance Welding & Machining Co. ‡
The Janet M. Buchen Revocable Trust of 1995
Johnson Financial Group
Ted & Mary Kellner
Linda J. Diedrich Designated Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
William Listwan
George Loxton & Sherry Postma Loxton
Lynch Family Charitable Fund
Mainman Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Vincent & Janet Martin
Matric Group ‡
Menasha Corp. Foundation on behalf of ORBIS Corp.
Meurer Co. ‡
Michael Best & Friedrich ‡
Mortenson Construction
Layton & Barbara Olsen
Paul & Kathy Oman
Parker Hannifin Corp. ‡
Peck Foundation Milwaukee
Physicians Realty Trust
Warren & Ann Pierson
PNC Foundation
Product Service & Manufacturing ‡
RBC Bearings ‡
Vince Schiller
Southwestern Manufacturing ‡
Stalle Realty Group
Michael Switzenbaum & Gail Schumann
Three Holy Women Catholic Parish
The Timken Co. ‡
Town Bank / Wintrust Mortgage
U.S. Bank
Don & Jane Vaughan
Viking Electric ‡
Weldall Manufacturing ‡
William N. & Janice V. Godfrey Family Foundation Trust
Womack Machine Supply Co. ‡
Zaborski Charitable Fund

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A Gift of Time
Francisco Aguilar & Betty Ross Aguilar
Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation
Helmut & Sandra Ammon
Thomas Anderson
Anixter ‡
Aqua Fund at Fidelity Charitable
George & Julianne Archibald
Dan & Gwen Armbrust
Bill & Marianne Arpe
Rachel Aufforth Johnson
Matt & Stephanie Barkow
Cassandra Barnard
Bensdorf & Abramson ‡
Ken & Marti Berg
Fred & Karen Bersch
Thomas & Elissa Bolger
Thomas Bruner
Douglas & Kathleen Bue
William & Lorraine Buehler
Craig & Diane Cepukenas
Charter Manufacturing Co.
Tom Chiapusio
John Clark
Coil Manufacturing ‡
Michael & JoAnn Culp Youngman Charitable Fund
James Damkoehler
Andrew DeGuire & Nikki Sohm DeGuire
Victor & Jean Delisle
Dorothy Dieter
Susan Donnelly
Wolfgang & Barbara Dorner
Jay Edmundson & Andrew Warner
Linda Fedorczak
Fluid System Components ‡
Brian Fox
Karlene Fox
Thomas & Mary Gavinski
GE Foundation
Joseph & Jackie Gessner
Nathaniel Giebel
Lisa & Chuck Glover
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Goelzer
Jim & Judy Goodwin
Eoin & Megan Gorman
Daniel & Margot Griesbach
Andrew & Julie Gusho
Gary & Kathy Gwidt
Robert & Cheryl Haebig
Richard Harbecke
Heather Harris
Helms-Doyle Charitable Fund
Andy Heuer & Pairin Hongsoongnern
Dianna Higgins
Tim & Grace Holdmann
Margie Hood
Nance Horowitz
Kenton Howenstine
John & Susan Hrobar
Domnik Israel & Joyce Squire-Israel
Kathleen Jacobson
Nancy Jaeger
Joe & Jody Jakubiak
James & Kathleen McClure Fund
Johnson Controls Charity Trust Account
David & Mary Lee Johnson
Mark Johnson
Judith Antoine Shanley Foundation
Thomas & Jane Kammerait
Daniel Karrels
Kathleen Karrer
Donald Kerber
David Kern
Daniel & Nancy Kiernan
John & Sharon Koeble
John & Linda Koetz
Joe & Jenna Kroner
Andy & Janet Kurz
Carol & Milton Kuyers
Doug & Barb Lackey
Lakefront Title
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal
Janine Lau
The Len & Pat Quadracci Family Fund
Patricia & Steven Lipscomb
Desty Lorino
Wayne & Kristine Lueders
Barbara Maier
Cathy Markwiese
Mary Pauly Lacy Foundation
Daniel & Ada McAdams
Mike & Carol McIntyre
Meltric – A Company of Marechal Electric
Mid Valley Industries ‡
Caroline Moering
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius ‡
Rob & Olivia Myers
Terry & Anne Neafie
Sally Jo Nelson
Ernest & Kia Nicolas
Steve O’Brien
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart ‡
Rose O’Rorke
Paul & Kristen Ouweneel
Kevin & Jill Pasqua
Bonnie Patton
Peter & Linda Hotz Charitable Fund
Randy & Janet Peterson
Alex & Nicole Polley
Jeffrey & Arlene Remsik
Tom Richards
Mike Roos
Fred & Esther Rusch
Michelle & Steve Russ
Julia Savich
Ryan & Kristen Schultz
Amy Scott
Scott & Barbara Fleming Charitable Fund
John & Kelly Seaman
Elizabeth Sellars
Karine Sewart
Grace Sherer
Shorewest Realtors – Downtown
Scott Silet
Brie Skolaski
Thomas & Iphigenia Smith
Brian & Mara Sonderman
Steve & Colleen Sonderman
St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Parish
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
James & Rosalind Stanke
The Starr Group
Mark Stegbauer
John Stewart
Mary Kay Strachota
Elton & Vicki Streich
Christopher & Ann Swain
Holly Tamm
David & Judy Thayer
Trinity Episcopal Church
Jim & Jean Ellen Trubshaw
United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay
Emily Van Dunk & Erik Lee
Greg & Ann Van Dunk
Robert & Ellen Venable
Voelz-Neall Charitable Fund
W.B.D. Foundation
David & Cheryl Walker
Jobi & Abby Wall
Ronald & Diana Waterman
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
Wauwatosa Rotary Foundation
Wauwatosa Savings & Loan Foundation
The Westin
Marilyn White
Wiberg Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
David & Christina Wickert
Lillian Wiegel & Barbara Schacht
Ralph Witte
Edwin & Yvonne Yaz
David & Jenni Yolo
Judith Zetting

Thank you to donors who supported our mission via
contributions to the following:
The Church Coalition
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Habitat for Humanity International – Cars for Homes
Immanuel Presbyterian Church Alternative Christmas Market
Komatsu Employee Giving
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity Employee Giving
The Presbyterian Coalition
The Ridge Live Big Campaign
Thrivent Choice
Thrivent Faith Build
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church Alternative Christmas Market

A.O. Smith
Bliffert Lumber
Foley & Lardner
Johnson Controls
Lannon Stone Products
Master Lock
Milwaukee Tool
Quarles & Brady
Staff Electric
Wago Corporation
We Energies
Zurn Water Solutions

Special thanks:
Corporation for National & Community Service – AmeriCorps

‡ Komatsu Supplier Golf Outing

  • Reflects donations from July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. All effort has been made to ensure accuracy. We apologize for errors or omissions. Contact: Andy Heuer, Development Director, 414-316-5609,