Habitat Announces Groundbreaking Land Plan

On November 8, the Monroe County Commissioners signed a letter of intent with Habitat to transfer ownership / development control of 84 county-owned acres.

Darryl Neher shared, “We have pockets where we can build out housing of all types. Habitat houses, tiny homes, container homes, paired housing, multi-family housing. And this is the dream, a truly integrated multi-income neighborhood of affordability that gets people out of homelessness, and giving them a ladder to climb into their stable family home.”

According to Monroe County Commissioner Julie Thomas, “We see this as an opportunity for a true community partnership and the chance to create something innovative and bold. The idea is unlike we have ever seen here, and that makes the project truly a great one.”

“This property was going to be a jail,” Neher said. “No more. This is going to house families.”

Read more about the announcement in The Herald-Times HERE.

Read the editorial on the proposal titled ‘Habitat’s use of county land makes sense’ in The Herald-Times HERE.

Coverage by Fox59 can be found HERE.

A story by rtv6 and Derrik Thomas can be viewed HERE.

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For additional comment please call the Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County office at:  812-331-4069.

2016-2017 Annual Report Available

Click HERE to read the online version of our annual report.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our donors, and strive to accurately report their generosity. If the reporting of your name or giving level does not match your expectations, please let us know by calling 812-331-4069 or emailing habitat@monroecountyhabitat.org. Sometimes gifts given through other agencies do not arrive in the intended fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Our donor list for fiscal year 2016-2017 can be viewed HERE.

Thanks to PR committee members:  Carey Blackmore, Linda Stephenson and Angela Tharp for their hard work on this year’s report!  And a special thanks to Amy Fender for the beautiful photos that are included in the report.

If you have any questions or comments about this year’s report don’t hesitate to reach out to our office by phone:  812-331-4069 or email:  habitat@monroecountyhabitat.org


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Incoming CEO Named

It is with great excitement that we announce that Darryl Neher – Bloomington local, former city council member, and professor at the Kelley School of Business – has accepted our offer to serve as the next leader, and CEO, of our affiliate.

Our search focused on finding someone that possessed strength in several core competencies carefully selected based on input from the Habitat leadership team, former CEO Kerry Thomson, the Habitat Board of Directors and the CEO search committee.  Throughout the interview process, Darryl excelled in each of these areas and was our unanimous choice.

While Darryl will be assuming the CEO responsibilities in full on January 1, 2018, he will officially serve in an advisory capacity until year end to fulfill teaching obligations at IU.  Rest assured, he will be there for the affiliate, effective immediately.  Everyone is excited about getting started!

On behalf of the search committee, board and Habitat staff, thank you for support during this search process.  Our collective patience, hard work, and commitment to this search and leadership transition has served us well thus far.  We know and appreciate there is more work ahead.  We look forward to it, in fact!  You can count on the Habitat staff and board to not only preserve what we all love about Habitat, but continue to focus on building the new.

Because of you, families in need continue to receive all of the love and support that Habitat provides.  With such an incredible support system and base, no challenge is too great.  Darryl looks forward to connecting with you, our Habitat family and friends.  Again, thanks for being an integral part of what makes Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County special.  Our best days are ahead.





Ryan Hawkins

Chair, Board of Directors and CEO Search Committee

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

8th Annual Whirlpool/IU Kelley Blitz Build: Oct. 3 – 14

Our Whirlpool Blitz Build begins next week on the beautiful Indiana University campus!  We will be building at a new location:  at the intersection of 17th Street and Fee Lane.  Parking is available in the Green Lot at Gate 12.

Irving Castañeda Baltazar has helped to build homes for his mother and other family members over the years; he has already volunteered more than 230 hours helping to build other Habitat houses and attending homeowner readiness courses. It’s only fitting that volunteers will come together to help a person who has given so much to others reach his dream of homeownership in just 10 short days. Read more about Irving’s journey HERE.

Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity have partnered together to improve lives one home, one family at a time since 1999. 8000+ Whirlpool employees volunteer with Habitat annually. Whirlpool donates a range and an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator to each Habitat home in the United States. The value of Whirlpool Corporation’s current commitment is $101 million. More than 100,000 families have been directly impacted around the world by Whirlpool’s partnership with Habitat.

Provost and executive vice president Lauren Robel summed up the excitement well: “When our campus and community come together for projects like this, everyone benefits, and all participants gain a better understanding and appreciation for one another’s unique attributes and challenges.”

All IU community members are invited to participate. Contact the Kelley Institute for Social Impact program at: 812-856-7852 or KISI@indiana.edu to register!

As always, we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this build possible!

Read more about the upcoming excitement in the IU news release HERE.

Check out the story on the front page of The Herald-Times!

Watch the video produced by Indiana University Communications HERE.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts for updates as the build progresses!

And please join us for the dedication of Irving’s home on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9:30am. All those in attendance are invited to join us as Irving accepts the keys to his new home on the field prior to the start of the IU / University of Michigan football game!

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Annual More Than Houses Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who attended our More Than Houses Breakfast on November 9.

We are incredibly excited as we look ahead to the future.  All of you make what we do possible.

Thank you for supporting Monroe County Habitat!

© Ben Wiggins – 2015


Habitat builds strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter.

IU Habitat – 5K Jersey Jot Registration

Join IU Habitat for its 20th annual 5K- a fun, social, run-walk event through campus aimed at promoting awareness for substandard housing in Monroe County. All proceeds go to sponsoring a future Habitat family’s home.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 9am – 11:30am. Registration and the start of the race will be located at Dunn Meadow. Please check-in by 8:30am!

Early registration – $20/ person – Day-of registration – $25/ person
To Register:
1) Select your registration status and payment below. Click “Register!” – You will receive an email confirmation with a registration confirmation code.
2) Then, complete the runner information form here. – You will need to the registration confirmation code sent to you previously via email.



Affiliate Earns Multiple Awards at the Habitat Global Conference

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County recently won several notable awards.

For the third consecutive time, we have been recognized as an “Affiliate of Distinction” by Habitat for Humanity International. This honor places our organization in the top 1% of affiliates nationwide.

In addition, we are honored to receive the Sam Mompongo Award for $1 million in lifetime tithe contributions. Our affiliate is proud to contribute to Habitat’s global ministry by supporting the building of homes in El Salvador and Uganda.


Habitat ReStore Partners with Steeplechase Apartments

Steeplechase Apartments—a part of Regency Consolidated Residential LLC— are renovating their 238 units this spring. The renovations began in April.

The apartment complex is charitably donating a number of items from the apartments to Habitat ReStore. Articles included in the contribution will be: refrigerators, ovens, washers, dryers and cabinets. According to Marc Papier, ReStore Manager, the items are in excellent condition and will provide substantial revenue to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission in Monroe County. This partnership with Steeplechase is incredibly exciting for Habitat and will make an extraordinary impact in our community. Proceeds from the sale of these items will be recycled back into Habitat’s mission.

Items from the Steeplechase apartment renovation began to hit the ReStore sales floor at the end of April. Shoppers can expect to find these items at the ReStore throughout the remainder of the year.

Construction began March 31 on the ReStore sponsored home that will be purchased by the Borjas Garcia family. Join us on Saturday, July 22 at 4:00 for the dedication of the family’s future home! More details can be found HERE.


ReStore is working hard to sponsor two homes for future Habitat homeowners in 2017. This donation from Steeplechase will serve as a critical bridge to help ReStore meet this goal.

We are incredibly grateful to Steeplechase for partnering with Habitat ReStore!

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County Seeking Controller

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. Our organization’s policy is to offer equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, disability or other category protected by law. This policy is applicable to recruitment, hiring, rates of pay, job assignments, promotion, training, discipline and all other terms and conditions of employment.



Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We are seeking a Controller to join our dynamic team.

What makes the Controller role at Habitat different is that she/he has the opportunity to see the tangible impact of their work in the Bloomington community around them. They work alongside a talented team of nationally recognized leaders who are each committed to a mission that has their hearts. The Controller on our Habitat team participates in the transformation of the families that we partner with, as they take the final steps out of poverty. Our affiliate builds community one home at a time.

This trusted professional is given space to personally develop the systems and teams of passionate people needed to ensure the strategic use of the funds entrusted to us. Their work directly impacts every aspect of our critical mission.

We of course offer a competitive compensation package including major medical, dental, & life insurance, 401k, paid vacations, and holidays. But, more than that, a spot on our team means that you know your work is making a difference in the lives of your neighbors.

If you are looking for an opportunity to translate your passion to a cause with significant and lasting impact in the Bloomington community, send your cover letter and resume to theodore@monroecountyhabitat.org for consideration.

Click HERE to read additional details on the Controller opportunity.

CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD – Help CLOSE the GAP!

2017 CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD:  Join us for an experience designed to bring the commUNITY together!

JULY 13 UPDATE:  Don’t miss out on an exciting, limited-time offer to be a part of CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD history! The first 25 people who donate $50 or more to our efforts will earn a coveted UNITY BUILD 2017 T-shirt!  Visit our secure fundraising website here to make your contribution today:  communitybuild.kintera.org

MAY 1 UPDATE:  Now that spring is in the air, we are hoping you will help us CLOSE the GAP!

We are currently 62% of the way towards our fundraising goal.  It’s not too late to be  part of our CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD’s sponsorship of the Diaz family‘s future home!

Make a secure on-line donation HERE to support the CommUNITY Interfaith BUILD!

And, you and your congregation are invited to our Youth UNITY Build Day on Saturday, June 10!

On March 31, April 1 and April 2 volunteers and donors as part of “commUNITY” groups framed-up a home for a hard-working Monroe County family.  The site for UNITY BUILD is:  520 W. Duncan Drive Bloomington, IN 47403.

When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, the owners pay a mortgage that funds another home until eventually they build a commUNITY. There is a limit to how many people can build a Habitat house, but there is no limit to how many people can contribute to the building.

The Bahá’í Faith of Bloomington, Congregation Beth Shalom, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Church, the IU Interfaith Coalition (Muslim Student Association, Christian Student Fellowship, UKirk, Hillel, Project IMPACT, and Indian Student Association), St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Center and Unitarian Universalist Church have all been instrumental in pulling together our UNITY Build.

Check out this link to find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Read our story on Unitarian Universalist Church member and long-time Habitat supporter Barb Berggoetz here.

For information on our February 24 Harmony Music Fest click here.


Our future homeowners thank you for your generosity!