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Welcome to the Site for Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County Inc. where every hand and heart makes a difference!  Through our organization we build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter. In doing so, we empower the partner families we work with.

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County was officially approved as an affiliate in Feb 2002.  Since that time we have been building homes in Oregon, Byron, Polo, Mt. Morris, Forreston and began work on a home in Rochelle in 2017.
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Join Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County

for the blessing of the Price home. 

2pm May 6th 2018

824 8th Ave Rochelle, Illinois

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Inc. Board President, Don Schier and Vanessa White-Broome, Executive Director,  are proud to announce that their organization has received a $ 12,000.00 grant from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund for its 2017/18 Rochelle New Home Build & 2017/18 Polo Rehab project.  

 Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Inc. brings people together to build homes, community and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent affordable houses for people in need, helping to revitalize neighborhoods and communities. With volunteer labor and tax deductible donations of materials and money, Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Per Ms. White-Broome, “By partnering with those qualified in the Ogle County service area, our affiliate provides opportunities for homeownership thus opening doors to security, stability, hope, and a sense of pride in becoming a homeowner. “

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 “2017 was an exciting year for our affiliate per Ms. White-Broome.  In large part due to a grant award from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois , our Habitat affiliate was not only able to build a new 3-bedroom home in Rochelle, Illinois for a family of 5, but was able to serve two other families in Ogle County.  One family resides in Polo and the other in Oregon, Illinois. 
 “We are very excited to share this news with everyone in Ogle County, and are very appreciative to the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, as well as countless other individuals and businesses in the area who have supported our organization in one way or another.  This support has enabled us to serve a total of three families in 2017 who have attained their dream of decent, affordable housing, “ stated Vanessa White-Broome, Executive Director.  “We are so fortunate to be based in a county that understands the benefits of well-designed housing programs. With the assistance of our many supporters we have been able to continue to provide affordable housing within Ogle County since 2002.    The 2017 grant funds received from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois allow us to continue to serve families and fulfill our mission. Since our start up we've been building decent, affordable quality homes for many lower income families that might not otherwise have qualified for a mortgage.  Our programs are a "hands up, not a hand-out. CFNIL grant funds have benefited our affiliate in assisting two of our 2017 partner families so that they can reside in quality, affordable homes.”

“ Specifically, the $12,000 grant award assisted us greatly in two of our 2017/18 projects.  One project resulted in the building of a new 3-bedroom home for 5 Rochelle family members, and the other project was a rehabbed home for 3 family members from Polo. Our goal remains working alongside individuals to improve their living conditions by offering opportunities for a more stable life as a homeowner said White-Broome “

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    Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County will hold its annual Prime Rib Dinner Fundraiser event on May 11, 2018  at the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle.

 As our affiliate progresses in the building of the Price family’s new home in Rochelle, and work remains ongoing regarding an Oregon and Polo project,  we hope you will consider volunteering and helping these families achieve their dream of homeownership.  Our volunteers, who are central to our mission,  help build stability through shelter for our partner families.  We are excited to be building in again in communities in Ogle County.  And we look forward to partnering with more businesses and individuals from Ogle County.  

If you would like to donate volunteer hours or materials towards the 2018 projects please contact Vanessa White-Broome, Executive Director, at 815 440 6598.  To make a donation,  payable to Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, donations can be sent to PO BOX 628, Oregon, IL 61061 or you can donate on our site using PAYPAL;  to inquire about joining our Builders Club for $30.00 please call Vanessa at 815 440 6598.  

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle CountyIf you are interested in getting involved with our newest projects in Ogle County call or  email vanessawhite82@yahoo.com
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Latest pictures of the ongoing build  in Rochelle!
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Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County2017 Polo family selected for rehab project

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“This is my house”

If I hadn’t found Habitat, we would still be in that one-bedroom apartment. And

it wasn’t the best of conditions.

There was an old electric stove, and depending on what you were doing, you’d get shocked. The dryer was always going out, and we had to hang clothes all over the house. It seemed really quiet when we were looking for a place, but then over time, there was a lot of violence. There was actually a homicide in our building. It’s those things that put a lot of stress on people, and we were definitely feeling that.

I didn’t think I was going to qualify. But they considered that a need: four people in one bedroom, having the issues that we were having.

 I had no idea that I was capable of doing a lot of the things we ended up doing.

I loved it.

For almost a year, I was working seven days a week, plus doing sweat equity. Depending on my shifts, I would work a morning shift, then go to the Habitat ReStore and work an evening shift there. Monday through Friday, I took Habitat classes in the evening, and I put in my construction hours on the weekends, every Saturday possible.

While constructing the house, I got to know my neighbors. We built each other’s homes, and you can’t get much closer than that.

The biggest difference overall is that general sense of security. Just knowing that it’s ours, and we make all the decisions — it’s been really comforting for our family.

I think the kids knowing that they won’t have to move is very comforting. We’ve made a lot of moves over the years — 13, in fact.

I know my son really appreciates having his room. Having his space, his own room — he really likes it a lot. He’s trying to convince me to turn the basement into a room, which I don’t know if I’m keen on yet. But it’s definitely a possibility. Just knowing that we have possibilities, it’s really awesome.

You know, I think I was more scared buying a car than buying the house.

And the only reason for that was Habitat for Humanity. I feel really comforted knowing that, if anything were to happen, Habitat would work with me. So I didn’t feel scared, just willing.

When I went to sign all the official paperwork, and they hand you the real keys and the title and everything, that’s when I was like, “This is happening.

This is now my house, and these are my keys.” We moved in right away, that next weekend, and even with boxes all over the place it felt like, “This is my house.”

Lindsay, Habitat homeowner

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