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Fifth home dedicated; keys given to family

Fifth home

Alison Castillo and her family receive the keys to their new home from Habitat for Humanity of Columbus board members Jean Kurtenbach and Terry Hash.

The home is located on 45th Avenue in the New Hope Addition. Many volunteers and the generosity of the greater Columbus community have made this work possible.

Kevin Johnson, Jean Kurtenbach retire from board

Fifth home

Above, Board President Annette Alt thanks Kevin Johnson for his years of service on the board. He as a founding member of the chapter Alison Castillo and her and served as the group's treasurer as well as a member of the family selection committee.

Below, an emotional Alt thanks Jean Kurtenbach for her service on the board. IN addition to her service in Columbus.Jean has been active in several overseas Habitat builds. She recently returned from an overseas build for which she was the leader.

BD East Pharmers win Celebrity first Bowl-A-Rama

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The team pictured above took home top honors at the Celebrity-Bowl-A-Rama to raise funds and awareness for Habitat of Humanity's Columbus chapter.

Ten teams participated in the event held at Westbrook Lanes Sept. 25. Other teams were from BD West, two from Cargill, Columbus Community Hospital, Great Plains State Bank, Nebraska Public Power District, Pinnacle Bank, Sipple, Hansen, Emerson, Schumacher & Klutman Law and Annette Alt's State Farm agency.

Pin sponsors were: Applebees, Blossoms Floral, Bo's West, Cargill, Cut N Style Shoppe, Dusters, El Matador. Family Video, Fas-Break, Habitat for Humanity, Husker House, Master Care Services Inc., NPPD, Reardon Lawn & Garden, Runza, Sapp Brothers, Thrivent Financial, Tooley's Drug and Home Care and Westbrook Lanes.

Corporate sponsors 2016

Special thanks to First National Bank for their continued support through a Community Development and Community Reinvestment Act Grant.

We also want to thank the following supporters:

Raise the Roof sponsors
BD Construction 
Heartland Builders

Let There Be Light sponsors
BD Medical
Columbus Telegram
Commonwealth Electric
Pinnacle Bank

Habitat for Humanity of Columbus, Thrivent Financial partner
to help family obtain dream of home ownership
Habitat for Humanity of Columbus, NE. and Thrivent Financial are partnering in Columbus to build a home alongside a local family through the Thrivent Builds Homes program. Thrivent members and others will volunteer alongside the homeowners to help build the home. To support safe, decent, and affordable housing in Columbus Thrivent has awarded $40,000 to support construction and local Thrivent members will also help raise additional funds.

Download a 2016 work schedule for volunteer information

Habitat for Humanity recipient families come from different backgrounds and have different stories, but they are all similar in their desire for a safe, decent place to live. HFH of Columbus works with such families in the local community to provide a "hand-up" in regards to permanent housing solutions. This year they are partnering with Thrivent Financial to help another family build a foundation for a brighter future.

Thrivent Builds Homes is one of three Thrivent Builds programs which partners the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of Habitat for Humanity. Thrivent Builds Homes focuses on building new homes alongside Habitat partner families who pay a no-profit mortgage for their home as well as contribute hundreds of sweat equity hours in the construction process. Thrivent Builds Repairs is a program that focuses on helping complete external repairs on existing homes and Thrivent Builds Worldwide sends teams of volunteers across the country or across the globe to build homes with recipient families.

Melanie Knoepfle, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial said "The Thrivent Builds program provides us with more options to serve our area. The support we receive from the local community for projects like this is overwhelming and we look forward to working together in 2016."

"The Thrivent Builds partnership is helping HFH Columbus increase the number of families served in our community by helping increase our capacity," said Jamie Snyder, Executive Director. "We are so grateful for Thrivent's support of our efforts to both build homes and repair homes in partnership with families in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing. Together, we are changing a family's life and strengthening the community."

Habitat for Humanity has chosen a family to partner with for the 2016 build. The build will begin in April and should be completed in August. Currently the affiliate is asking for volunteer groups and individuals to work.

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. From the national partnership's inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $226 million and more than 4.7 million volunteer hours. This has resulted in thousands of families and individuals living in safe, decent, and affordable housing as well as hundreds of communities banding together to make a positive impact on local residents.

To learn more and get involved, visit www.ThriventBuilds.com and www.hfhcolumbusne.org Share your Thrivent Builds experience online: #ThriventBuilds #LiveGenerously

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar mission partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Christians in helping provide a "hand up" to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat's largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing more than 4,800 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit ThriventBuilds.com.

About Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its more than 2.3 million members a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. You can follow us on Facebook.
Update from Board President Annette Alt

Happy New Year from Habitat for Humanity of Columbus. We have lots of great news to share with you.

2015 was an exciting year with the completion of new home No. Four plus the beginning of our New Hope Community Garden. Jeanette Valdivia and her daughter Yarim moved into their home on August 29th. Jeanette has expressed her gratitude and joy for her new residence.
Annette Alt
The New Hope Community Garden had a great first year. A group of Americorps workers helped to lay out the garden and to build the storage shed. All of the plots were taken and much produce grown and eaten. If you have an interest in participating this year please contact Dennis and Chris Smith at 402-276-4379.

Currently our family selection committee is working on finding a partner family for our 2016 build. They are conducting home visits and will be making a selection in the next few weeks. We plan to begin construction in early April. If you are interested in volunteering for the build please contact Jamie Snyder, 402-910-4182 or info@hfhcolumbusne.org.

We have recently been informed that we are one of the recipients of a 2016 Thrivent Builds Homes grant. Thrivent will provide half the cost of building the home. We will need to come up with the other half. So we do need your financial support to make this happen. We are very excited to be working with Thrivent and hope to have a very successful build!

This past summer our board held a planning retreat, and we set some short term goals for ourselves. We just celebrated our fifth birthday and felt it was time to stretch a bit. One of the goals included hiring an executive director. Up to this point we have been completely volunteer. We hired Jamie Snyder to move us into the next five years. She will be working on a number of areas, but is concentrating on solidifying our committee and board base as well as some of our operating procedures. She has been involved locally with Habitat through the affiliation process and as a board member.

We have been pleased to receive a grant from First National Bank and a venture grant from United Way to continue our work in our New Hope Addition. Habitat would not be able to continue without the tremendous support of the Columbus community. Thank you so much for believing in Habitat’s mission.

You can now donate online!

Fast, Safe, Secure We have added a PayPal option to make it easy for holiday or year-end giving. Please keep the many housing needs of our community in mind as 2015 comes to an end.


Video highlights from our Fifth Anniversary

Above and Beyond Awards

Here are the recipients of our top award. This award highlights the companies that have supported us through our first five years either financially or with labor or both. Cargill for 3 years of financial support and a build team 4 years.
First National Bank for considerable financial support especially with New Hope.
BD Medical (initial $20,000 in 2011 and financially 12, 13, 14 and with workers since)
Pinnacle Bank (Since pre-affiliation and continual)
ADM (2011 was $10,000 and two more times)
Columbus Telegram (2012, 13, 14, 15)
Bank of the West (2012, 13, 14)
Columbus Community Hospital (2012, 13 14, 15 with meals)
Paige Electric (steady contributor)
VALERO for providing teams multiple times during a build (three homes).
Columbus Home Builders has been our go to for workers on trusses and roofing.

A brief history of Habitat in Columbus

Phase 1: The local affiliate grew out of a a Leadership Columbus class in 2007-08. Six individuals in the class completed a community needs and assets worksheet, obtained five letters of support and put together a 12 member steering committee. They had to raise $2,000 had to be raised to for an application fee.

Phase 2: This portion consisted of completing the actual application, incorporating by-laws and establishing committees. The application was a 12 step process. Some of those 12 steps included sections on governance, community partnership, homeownership, family selection, family support, resource development and site selection. Part of the 12 steps was to raise $3,000 from 15 different sources. Columbus Home Builders and Pinnacle Bank were part of that initial $3,000 group. Once all 12 segments were complete and approved by Habitat for Humanity International, we were able to go ahead and become incorporated as a non-profit in Nebraska in August 2010.

Phase 3: Go to work. Our first project was on Richard Swartz's home. From there we have gone on to build four homes, purchase a piece of ground with 16 lots, starting a community garden, and participating in the Dirty Derby twice.
A thank you from our newest Partner Family ...

2015 Corporate Home Sponsors

Cargill Value-Added Meats: Lay the Foundation ($15,000)

BD Medical and Pharmaceutical Systems: Raise the Roof ($5,000)

Heartland Builders: Raise the Roof ($5,000)

ADM-Columbus: Let there Be Light ($2,500)

Bank of the West: Let There Be Light ($2,500)

Columbus Telegram: Let There Be Light ($2,500)

Pinnacle Bank: Let There Be Light ($2,500)

2015 Contractors

BD Construction, Platte Valley Precast, Beard Warren Prime Drywall, Bierman Contracting, Reliable Seamless Gutters, Braun Plumbing, Sears Hometown Store, Callaway Rolloffs, Shelby Lumber, Columbus Home Builders, Sherman Williams, Chris Lovci, Walker Foundation, Energy Pioneer Solutions, Faltys Electric, Fosters Lumber, Gehring Construction, Granville Homes, Home 360 Flooring, Koch Excavating, Wendall Korte Construction, Edward Krueger Construction, Joe Kuehler Construction, Leffers Home Improvement, Mead Lumber, Menards, Midwest Glass, Mueller Sod Farm, Niemann's Port A Pot, Obrist Plumbing, Pella Window Store

2015 Work Groups

Americorps, BD East and West, Berean Church, Cargill, Federated Church, First United Methodist Church, Lakeview High School Shop Class (storage building), NPPD, Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Valero-Renewables

Meal Providers

Columbus Area Human Resource Association, Jim and Jeanette Dean, Columbus Community Hospital, Karen Hake, Noon Lions Club, Pinnacle Bank, Jeanette Valdivia with Thrivent, Several work groups

Site Hosts

1C Church, Annette Alt, Jim Dean, Renee Held, Jean Kurtenbach, Jamie Snyder, Lorie Young

New Hope addition
New Hope Addition

We have established the New Hope Addition to the City of Columbus on 45th Avenue between 11th and 15th streets.

This effort assures we will have affordable lots to build on for several years. This has all been made possible by many volunteers and the generosity of the greater Columbus community. NEW HOPE SPONSORS First National Bank Flexcon Leadership Columbus 2012-13 Class Pinnacle Bank Pat & Jackie Pope Columbus Telegram Dr. Gregg & Dawn Foote Heartland Builders
Habitat for Humanity of Columbus NE grew from interest generated in the 2007-08 Leadership Columbus class.

From the initial effort, a 13-person steering committee was formed, which researched the need and started and completed a 12-section application to gain affiliation with Habitat for Humanity International.

Once the startup process was complete, a board and essential committees were formed. The two major initial challenges were raising the funds needed and finding a partner for the first build.

Having successfully met those two major challenges, ground was broken for the first home May 25, 2011. It was dedicated and occupied in Sept. 2011. The second home is now under construction at 1165 Solar Place in the Solar Gate subdivision.

New owners are required to make a down payment and to work  a minimum of 200 hours for a single adult family and 400 hours for a two-adult family before they receive their home. The families also are required to learn about home maintenance and budgeting. The process is a hand up, not a hand out.

The families then make their mortgage payments to the local habitat chapter, which uses the money to build future partner homes.

The homes are built by volunteers and partner families and offer simple, decent affordable housing. Businesses, churches and individuals donate labor, materials and funds. 
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity International mission statement and principles

Habitat's vision: Build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Mission statement: Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith. Back To Top
News about us and our partners
Work on a project

Here are some links to news stories and other information.


Habitat completes third house

Habitat has hope for subdivision

Habitat home dedication set for Saturday

A special Habitat for Humanity build in Vietnam

Home dream coming true for mother, daughter

Affordable housing dream realized

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Contact Information
If you are interested in learning more about HFH Columbus, want to volunteer or make a financial or material donation, please get in touch through the information below.

Habitat for Humanity of Columbus NE
P.O. Box 1792
Columbus NE 68602-1792

Tel: (402) 564-HOME (4663)
E-mail: info@hfhcolumbusne.org

Serving the Greater Columbus Area. Founded in 2010
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The Habitat for Humanity International web site contains more information on Habitat's history, mission, volunteer opportunities and contact information for other Habitat affiliates around the world.