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Awarded $32,000.00 grant from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

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Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Inc. Board President, Gail Tuttle and Vanessa White-Broome, Executive Director,  are pleased to announce that their organization has received a $32,000.00 grant from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund for its  Building New 2022 Habitat Life Stories.  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. “Though 2020 was a challenging year in so many aspects, our organization was able to serve lower income residents in Ogle County with our various housing solutions, “according to Ms. White-Broome.  In 2020 our largest project was a 4-bedroom home for a family of 6. We are so thankful for their long standing support of our organization.  In large part due to prior grant awards from them our affiliate has been able to help more families live in decent, sustainable and affordable housing. In the year 2020 Habitat also completed 2 handicap ramp projects, and other Brush with Kindness repair projects.  All these projects improved day to day living activities for our new Habitat partner families.” 

 “We are excited to share this grant award news with the Ogle County community, and are very appreciative to the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, as well as countless other individuals and businesses who support our organization in one way or another.  This support has enabled us to serve many families over the years who dreamed of living in safe and affordable housing, “stated Ms. White-Broome, Executive Director.  “We are fortunate to be based in a county that understands why we do what we do year after year.  Every year we partner with families and individuals to offer them opportunities to reside in improved housing. We believe that everyone, everywhere should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. When an individual helps build or improve their residence, they are not only building a better life for themselves, but also building a better community.   The 2021/22 Community Foundation funds from the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund, received in December 2021, from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will assist in continuing to serve families as we fulfill our mission. Since our start up in 2002, we've been building affordable quality homes for lower income families that might not otherwise have qualified for a mortgage.  Our programs are a "hands up, not a hand-out.  “Specifically, the 2021/2022 $32,000 grant award will assist greatly with our 2022 building projects said Executive Director, White-Broome.  One project planned is the building of a 3-4 bedroom home in Rochelle, and Brush with Kindness projects that will result in repairs and ramps.  

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Get Involved!

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.



We are gearing up for our new build!!
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We are gearing up to build another Habitat home in Rochelle, our 14th! Call Vanessa at 8154406598 to see how to qualify for a home or to help on this build or other 2022 projects. “


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Dinner for a Purpose a huge success!

“ We are excited to share with you pictures of our joint fundraiser held in September… on behalf of The Kitchen Table and Habitat, we want to THANK everyone that attended, supported and donated to this event. Proceeds will help feed and shelter more families and individuals in Ogle County.”
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Vega family lot blessing held at 122 South 9th Street, Rochelle.. members present include: Vega family, Habitat board members, Vanessa White-Broome, Executive Director,  Pastor Rob Hamilton, and mayor John Bearrows. View more in the Picture Gallery.
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Brush With Kindness

What is a “ Brush With Kindness” (BWK)?

A Brush with Kindness is an exterior home preservation program that provides services such as painting, landscaping,  and minor repair services for lower income homeowners in need. Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County helps homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances, who may be struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes, reclaim their homes with pride and dignity.  A BWK serves as a companion to our core building program enabling us to serve more families and increase opportunities for volunteers.



If you are a Ogle County homeowner and would like Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County to consider

your project, please email Vanessa White-Broome, Executive Director at vanessawhite82@yahoo.com for

an application or CALL Vanessa at 815-440-6598 for more information or to volunteer


Our Home Preservation/Brush with Kindness program utilizes volunteers to improve the condition of homes,

 by painting, landscaping and performing minor repairs to home exteriors. This program offers

other affordable, exterior home repairs such as:


Painting and/or siding repairs, Porch/Step/Handrail repairs, Exterior handicap access ramp, Fence/gate repairs, Landscaping cleanup and minor plantings, Exterior window/door sealing/lock repair


Qualified Homeowners Must: Own & reside in a home in Ogle County;  Meet annual income guidelines and other qualifications; have homeowner’s insurance; submit an application & comply with other requested information, & are not at risk of foreclosure. 

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It is with sadness that we learned in December 2019 of the loss of long standing board member, Virgil Rocke.  On behalf of the Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County Board members and Vanessa White-Broome. Executive Director, we will always remember and appreciate the strong Christian leadership role and many hours that Virgil contributed to our affiliate."
On March 12, 2020 Sue Benesh passed away.  Sue was a true champion for Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County.  Sue served for many years on the Family Selection Committee helping us chose a Habitat partner family for new builds.  She was also always available to help with Habitat fundraisers.  One of her close friends, said Sue did a "super job of keeping the committee connected."  We will miss Sue and were blessed to have her involved with our affiliate.
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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.
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Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County If you are interested in getting involved with our newest projects in Ogle County call or  email vanessawhite82@yahoo.com

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County 2018 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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