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 AccomplishmentsGreetings!
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 supporters. 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
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.
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
Humanity of Ogle County, Inc.
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.
grant from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
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,
“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.
for more information about donating you car or many other items
SAVE THE DATE!
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.
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 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
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
inquire about joining our Builders Club for $35.00 please call Vanessa
at 815 440 6598.
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|2018 Polo family moves into new home! |
“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
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,
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
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