Who We Are

Our Mission

At Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County we build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter--the only thing we give away is an opportunity. Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our work in Monroe County has a special urgency as 1 in 5 (21%) people live in poverty. According to 2021 data, Bloomington is the second most expensive city to live in the state of Indiana. To afford rental payments for a median-priced two-bedroom apartment in Bloomington (working 40 hours/week and without paying more than 30% of income on housing) an individual would need to make $17.83/hour (7% higher than the state average). Someone earning minimum wage would have to work 98 hours/week to afford an average two-bedroom apartment.

All who qualify for the Habitat program do so based on the same three criteria: need for housing, ability to pay, willingness to partner. Each adult member living in a Habitat home must contribute 250 hours of volunteering, called sweat equity, prior to closing on their house. More comprehensive information about qualifying for the Habitat program can be found on the "Apply" tab. You can learn more about our families in the "Future Homeowners" tab as well.

Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, our houses are sold to future homeowners and financed with affordable loans. As the homeowners pay back their affordable mortgage, the funds are reinvested in our operations in order to offer future families an opportunity for homeownership.


Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was founded in 1988 and operated entirely by volunteers until 1997. Now, we have about 20 staff members in our main office and ReStore. Over the last 35 years, Habitat has housed over 815 people--including 460 children. Currently, we are building an average of 8-10 homes each year and have nearly 30 families in our program. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County has built over 220 homes.

Construction for the our first neighborhood, Cedar Chase, began in 2008 on Bloomington’s southwest side and is home to 46 families. The second neighborhood project off the B-Line trail, Trail View, began in 2014 and is nearing completion. Once finished, the neighborhood will house 34 families in a combination of single-family and paired homes.

We broke ground on our third neighborhood, Osage Place, in the summer of 2021. Infrastructure and construction has been split into two phases, the first of which began in May 2021. In addition to the completion of infrastructure in the summer of 2022, three homes have also been built in partnership with three Habitat families. Phase 1 will include work on the first 30 homes in the neighborhood, just under half the proposed 69 total homes to built in the neighborhood over the next several years.

The Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County ReStore was founded in 2004 as a fundraising arm of the organization. After locations on South Henderson and West 11th, it settled into its current location at 850 South Auto Mall Road in 2016. This discount home improvement store resells gently-used donations of furniture, home goods, appliances, tools, building materials, and more. The proceeds of these sales go directly to supporting families in the pursuit of affordable homeownership. Since 2013, the ReStore's proceeds have helped build or repair 16 homes.

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need of safe, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is an equal opportunity housing provider and adheres to Habitat for Humanity International’s non-proselytizing policy.

We seek to form partnerships among people from all walks of life and focus on building equity, stability, community, and legacy.


Construction & Office Staff
Glenn Ball

Kari Bennett
Director of Land Development and Production

Lindsey Boswell
Development Director

Desiree DeMolina
Marketing and Communications Manager

Wendi Goodlett
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Miers
Data Specialist

Toren Rash
Senior Construction Site Supervisor

Patti Russo
Chief of Staff

Martha Shedd
Homeowner Services Director

Audrey Smith
Engagement and Data Associate

Sarah Woolford
Construction Site Supervisor

Unsure who to contact? Email habitat@monroecountyhabitat.org!

ReStore Staff
Peggy Cantrell
ReStore Office Administrator
812.331.2660 Ext 4

Jeanie Cox
ReStore Receiving Specialist

Jessica Grannan
ReStore Manager
812.331.2660 Ext 2

Madison Parker
ReStore Receiving Specialist

David Ridgeway
ReStore Receiving Specialist

Billy Young
ReStore Receiving Specialist

Unsure who to contact? Email restore@monroecountyhabitat.org!

Board of Directors

Mark Bauman
IU School of Medicine

Christy Langley
Vice Chair
Hoosier Energy, REC

Noah Stoffman
IU Kelley School of Business

Daniel Conkle
IU Maurer School of Law

Kate DeWeese
Bunger & Robertson

Joe Fitter
IU Kelley School of Business

Virginia Githiri
PopKorn Kernals With A Twist
Indiana University, School of Public Health, Bloomington

Jennifer Hurtubise
Bloom Insurance

Catherine Laughlin
IU School of Public Health

Bruce Miller
Cook Medical

Alyson Norrick
Catalent Biologics

Karan Rastall
Ruoff Mortgage

Tim Roberts
Craft Construction

Blayne Roeder
Cook Medical

Doris Sims
Retired, City of Bloomington

Jesica Sonneborn
Commercial Service

Brian Thompson
FC Tucker/Bloomington, REALTORS

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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.

To volunteer with us, please visit our volunteer page.

Our staff recently earned a Platinum Workplace designation from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Wellness Council of Indiana because our team if 100% vaccinated against COVID-19. We are proud of this distinction, and believe it is the best way for us to protect ourselves, each other, and those we serve.

Current Openings:

Engagement Coordinator
The Engagement Coordinator is responsible for developing tactics that ensure that all constituents, volunteers, and donors who are interested in supporting and engaging with Habitat have the opportunity to contribute and that volunteer resources are available where and when needed.

You can find more details in the full position description here.
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and professional references to our Development Director, Lindsey Boswell, at boswell@monroecountyhabitat.org.

ReStore Receiving Specialist (full-time and part-time available)
The Receiving Specialist will shape the ReStore experience by providing a consistently top-tier customer service experience. This individual will safely load and unload vehicles during pick-ups and drop-offs and carry out the back-room to sales floor workflow to safely, quickly and effectively merchandise new items on the sales floor.

You can find more details in the full position description here.
To apply, email a resume & cover letter to our ReStore Manager, Jessica Grannan, at grannan@monroecountyhabitat.org.

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