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.

History

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was founded in 1988 and operated entirely by volunteers until 1997. Currently, we have more than 10 full-time staff in our main office and 10 full- and part-time staff at our ReStore. In that time, we have housed over 780 people--including 450 children. Currently, we are building an average of 8-10 homes each year and have 23 families in our program. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County has built over 212 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 recently broke ground on our third Monroe County neighborhood, Osage Place. Phase 1 infrastructure work began in May 2021 and is scheduled to finish in Spring 2022. This phase includes work for the first 30 lots -- just under half of the proposed 69 homes to be built in the neighborhood over the next several years. This part of the project is funded by a combination of generous public and private support. Despite supply-chain delays and material shortages fueled by the pandemic, construction on the first three homes began in fall of 2021.

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 14 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.

The only thing Habitat gives away is an opportunity.

Leadership

Glenn Ball
Controller
812.331.4069
ball@monroecountyhabitat.org

Nathan Ferreira
Director of Land Development & Production
812.331.4069
ferreira@monroecountyhabitat.org

Wendi Goodlett
President and Chief Executive Officer
812.331.4069
goodlett@monroecountyhabitat.org

Jessica Grannan
ReStore Manager
812.331.2660
grannan@monroecountyhabitat.org

Colleen McKenna
Development Director
812.331.4069
mckenna@monroecountyhabitat.org

Martha Shedd
Homeowner Services Director
812.331.4069
shedd@monroecountyhabitat.org

Board of Directors

Mark Bauman
Chair
IU School of Medicine

Christy Langley
Vice Chair
Hoosier Energy, REC

Noah Stoffman
Treasurer
IU Kelley School of Business

Daniel Conkle
Secretary
IU Maurer School of Law

Joe Fitter
Member
IU Kelley School of Business

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

Jennifer Hurtubise
Member
Bloom Insurance

Catherine Laughlin
Member
IU School of Public Health

Alyson Norrick
Member
Catalent Biologics

Karan Rastall
Member
Ruoff Mortgage

Tim Roberts
Member
Craft Construction

Blayne Roeder
Member
Cook Medical

Doris Sims
Member
Retired, City of Bloomington

Jesica Sonneborn
Member
Commercial Service

Brian Thompson
Member
FC Tucker/Bloomington, REALTORS

Loren Wood
Member
Loren Wood Builders

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Employment

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:

ReStore Receiving Specialist (32 hours/week)
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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