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Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County has many volunteer opportunities

We invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.  Call Vanessa at 815 440 6598 today regarding volunteering with us.



Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County 2018  Accomplishments
As many of you know, our organization has been building homes in Ogle County since 2002.  New 3 bedroom homes have been built in Mt. Morris, Oregon, Byron, Polo,  Forreston and Rochelle.  We have also invested in Ogle County communities by doing Brush with Kindness projects.   We would like to express our THANKS to all our donors and sup
porters. We appreciate those who assist individuals and allow us to carry out our mission in helping those in our community who need decent, affordable housing.  In 2018 we completed projects that benefited 4 families!  One of our projects resulted in improving the exterior of a homeowner’s property and grounds.  This included extensive yardwork, tree removal, new gutters, ramp work, and pressure washing of the residence.  In these “Brush with Kindness” programs we partner with families who own their home but because of circumstances, need assistance in resolving repairs (such as roofs) and accessibility issues, ie., wheelchair ramp, etc.
In 2018 our affiliate completed our first new home build in Rochelle for a family of 5.  We also  rehabbed a Polo home for a single mother of 2.   We anticipate serving more Ogle County families in 2019 as we utilize lots donated to us in the Rochelle area.    We are also very excited to begin identifying more individuals that might benefit from our Brush with Kindness program or who might qualify to become future homeowners.  
With the ongoing help of our supporters, we are proud of the work we have accomplished over the last 17years in Ogle County as we continue to offer decent, affordable housing opportunities.  With the help of the community, we remain committed in addressing long term, attainable and decent housing solutions for those in need in our service area.  The extent of our ability to build new 3-bedroom homes each year, and offer BWK projects,  continues to depend heavily on the support from our donors, corporate partners, volunteers and other community organizations.  We are committed to serve more families who need help in securing decent housing. By working together, we can assist more Habitat homeowners to achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families in Ogle County.     With your help, we can accomplish this again in 2019!    If you would like to make a cash or in-kind donation, please  contact Vanessa White-Broome, Executive Director at PO BOX 306, Ashton, IL 61006; payable to Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County or call 815/440-6598. You can also inquire about Habitat’s CARS for Homes program which accepts vehicle, boat, RV and motorcycle donations.

We've been very busy!

We've been building decent, affordable quality homes since 2002 for lower income families that might not otherwise qualify for a mortgage. Historically new 3-bedroom builds have cost our affiliate approximately $80,000 - $90,000.00. We partner with qualified families who might not otherwise be able to realize their dream of homeownership.   As we continue to build or improve  places that families can call home,  housing insecurity and substandard living  conditions no longer present a threat to these families.  These conditions can greatly impact lower income families.  Our goal remains serving lower income, working families in order to break the cycle of poverty and poor living conditions. Building strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership can make a huge difference to families in need.   Our programs are a "hands up, not a hand-out, and partner mortgage funds are reinvested to build more homes and assist us in serving more families.
In 2018 4 more families working with Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County experienced profound changes as they moved into safe, decent, Habitat affordable housing. This housing is permanent, not emergency or transitional. Our two most recently selected  partner families had been living in inadequate shelter. Our goal remains working alongside individuals such as these to improve their living conditions. History has shown us that our partner families experience a significant impact in their lives after becoming owners of a dependable, quality residence. Life areas impacted have included finances, safety, health, education, and work productivity.
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Awarded $15,000.00 grant from Community Foundation of Northern 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 $ 15,000.00 grant from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund for its 2019 Rochelle New Home Build.  
“2018 was an awesome 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 THREE other families in Ogle County.  Two of those families resides in Polo and the other in Hillcrest, 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 FOUR families in 2018 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 2018/19 grant funds received in December 2018 from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will assist us in continuing 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 serving our 2018 partner families so that they can reside in quality, affordable homes.”
“Specifically, the prior 2018 $12,000 grant award assisted us greatly in two of our 2018 projects said Executive Director, White-Broome.  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 in Ogle County to improve their living conditions by offering opportunities for a more stable life as a homeowner said White-Broome.  The $15,000 grant funds from CFNIL for 2019 will aid greatly in serving another Ogle County family. “

The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region.
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Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County will hold its annual Prime Rib Dinner Fundraiser event on at 6pm April 26th 2019  at the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle.

 As our affiliate progresses in building  homes. 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 Habitat for Humanity of Ogle Countystability 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- 2019 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  To inquire about joining our Builders Club for $35.00 please call Vanessa at 815 440 6598.  

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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


Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County2018 Polo family moves into new home!

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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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