Jammin’ Java Coffeehouse to benefit Monroe County Habitat for Humanity

The Jammin’ Java Coffeehouse, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church’s Habitat Task Force on March 23, will benefit Monroe County Habitat for Humanity. The public is welcome to attend. The event features nine performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. at 2120 N. Fee Lane. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Headliners are Jenn Cristy, singer, songwriter and pianist, and Malcolm Dalglish, choral composer and director and dulcimer player with 15 recordings.  They will be joined by the Bloomington High School South Late Night Combo; the Heartland String Band; banjo player Ed Robbins and guitar player Julie Lawson; classical pianist Keaton Springfield; folk singer and guitarist Travis Puntarelli; guitarist and singer Dan Lodge-Rigal; and The String Academy Virtuosi, IU Jacobs School of Music.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under at the door. Come and enjoy good music, finger food, coffee and community in UU’s Fellowship Hall. Visit Facebook for more details!

Women Build 2018

Women Build’s 18th year in Monroe County!

April 27 – May 12, 2018

Visit the official site of Women Build 2018 HERE to sign up to build or support one of our Women Builders!

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat houses. Women Build works with affiliates to nurture, recruit and train women to build and maintain simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes.

2018 marks 18 years of building new lives for Monroe County families.

All-women volunteer teams come together to swing hammers and raise roofs, and actively work to eliminate poverty housing in Monroe County, Indiana. It takes 325 volunteer builders, about 1600 volunteer hours, and $70,000 for land and materials to complete each home. Women Build is a safe haven for women to practice and excel, no matter what their skill levels. Each builder raises funds to secure a volunteer spot for one day of the build. No experience necessary – REALLY! – and you may sign up to participate on any day you choose. Meet new people and make new friends!

#MCWomenBuild2018 #mchabitat



The Sisterhood for Habitat Empowerment Society, or S.H.E. Society, was created to honor and challenge Women Builders who commit to raise at least $1,000 per year for 5 years. Members of S.H.E. Society will be recognized throughout the year for their efforts to support future Women Build house sponsorships and homeowners. To join, or for more information, please call our office at (812) 311-4069.

**You can be a member of S.H.E. whether you choose to build each year or not!

Bloomington High School North’s Evening for Habitat

* Tickets for Bloomington High School North’s Evening for Habitat are now available for purchase HERE!

The Bloomington High School North student chapter of Habitat has sponsored 17 homes for deserving families in Monroe County over the past 17 years. In 2017, they sponsored the home of Jennifer Lady’s family.

Our BHSN chapter organizes a number of fundraisers throughout the year. The largest of these is the annual Evening for Habitat dinner and auction which will once again be held on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00-9:00pm at the Monroe Convention Center. Funds raised will go directly to help build North’s 18th home in 18 years, supporting Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

About our Bloomington High School North Chapter:

The Bloomington High School North chapter was founded in 1998 by students and received official independent campus chapter status in 2000. The chapter works in partnership with our Habitat affiliate. Monroe County has some of the most expensive housing units in the state, lending additional urgency to the mission. All the money raised by the chapter goes toward building houses. The advisors of the BHSN chapter are Geoff Aiken, Ella Madison and Cassie Soller.

On January 18 We Celebrate YOU at ‘Because of You’

You’re Invited!

Join us to celebrate YOU and the extraordinary work YOU have done to support Habitat at our annual ‘Because of You’ volunteer appreciation event!

We can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than by honoring our incredible supporters as we approach the 30th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County!

What: Because of You Volunteer Appreciation Event
When: Thursday, January 18 – 7:00pm
Where: Faith Lutheran – 2200 S. High Street – Click HERE for directions

Questions?  Email Chasity Butler at ec@monroecountyhabitat.org


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.

WTIU and wfiu shared the news HERE.

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

It’s Not Too Late to Donate in 2017

2017 is winding down.  What a year!

There is still time to contribute to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s annual goals and receive full tax-deductible benefits for the year!

Thanks to the unwavering support and generosity of YOU, our community, it’s been an incredibly successful year.  However, there is still much to be done for the families who are working on their “sweat equity” hours and waiting for the opportunity to buy their home from Habitat.

These future homeowners look forward to the stability that homeowners like Dwayne & Kindra, Chelsen & Matt, Irving Castañeda Baltazar, Brad & Jennifer, and Maria Garcia & Juan Antonio have found.

You can make your credit card payment NOW through our website!

Thank you for your support of Habitat and affordable, decent housing.

We wish you Happy Holidays, and a safe and joyful New Year.

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

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.

Support Habitat on Giving Tuesday!

Support Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live on Giving Tuesday!

Be a part of a global day of giving by making a difference in the lives of local families.

Simply click HERE to make a difference!

Thank you for your generosity on #GivingTuesday and every day of the year!


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.