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.

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.

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.


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 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:

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!



Women Build 2.0 – June 2017!!

Women Build’s 17th year in Monroe County!

MAY 17 UPDATE:  Women Builders! As you know, the weather over the past couple of weeks was challenging, and required us to intentionally delay parts of our build schedule to ensure that we build to the best quality standards for our future homeowners.

So…we are excited to invite you back to build with us for WOMEN BUILD 2.0: a series of build dates next month that will help us ready the Ault and Paz families’ homes for move in!

If you are interested in joining us simply click on the link HERE and select your date(s). The options are:

Saturday, June 3rd – Special Ops Siding                                                              
Wednesday, June 7th – Wall Paint, Interior Door install, Trim
Thursday, June 8th – Wall Paint, Interior Door install, Trim
Wednesday, June 14th – Cabinets, Counter-tops, Hardware
Thursday, June 15th – Touch-up Day

Questions? Contact Cindy at:
THANK YOU for truly making our 17th year of Women Build in Monroe County the best yet!

#MCWomenBuild2017 #mchabitat

April 28 – May 13, 2017

*Join us for the dedication of the Ault and Paz families’ homes on Saturday, May 13 at 4:00pm!*

Visit the official site of our 2017 Women Build page HERE to sign up to build or support one of our Women Builders!

Read about this  year’s Women Build families:  The Ault Family and the Paz Family!

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.

2017 marks 17 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!

Beginning in 2001, the women of Bloomington and Monroe County joined together to build homes partnership with families in need. The Women Build homes are built in just over a week, and all volunteers are women. Teams of friends, colleagues, and those who just want to make a difference assemble to sponsor each day of the build. Each builder commits to giving or raising a minimum of $250 to assist in sponsoring the home (purchasing land and building materials). When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, the owners pay a mortgage that funds another home until eventually they build a community.