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Please remember Habitat for Humanity of Columbus on Giving Tuesday and at year's end.

Sponsors for the 2018 build

We want to offer a special thanks to Thrivent for a Thrivent Builds grant and to First National Bank for their continued support through a Community Development grant.

We also want to thank the following supporters:

Raise the Roof sponsors
BD Construction
Let There Be Light sponsors
BD Pharmaceutical Systems-Medication
and Procedural Solutions
Pinnacle Bank
Summit Heartland

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Building toward a Schuyler home; seeking a home buyer
St. John's donation
Above, the Schuyler Extension Committee receives the St. John’s Lutheran Church Women’s group. The funds were raised through a quilt drawing.

New Hope Addition
Above, the Schuyler Extension Committee receives a gift from Pinnacle Bank presented by Kevin Beune.

New Hope Addition

Above, the Schuyler Extension Committee receives a gift from First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Sarah Gengler.

The search is underway for a home buyer in Schuyler. Interested parties can call (402) 564-HOME (4663) or email questions to info@hfhcolumbusne.org

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Home build 2017 complete; keys turned over to Gronenthal family

Fifth home
Stacey Gronenthal and her children, Jaina, Avri and Malikai,took ownership ownership of a their Habitat home Sept. 30.

Board President Mike Smith presented the keys and Tammy Bichlmeier gave the family a Bible during the dedication at the 45th Avenue residence in the New Hope Addition.

Many volunteers and the generosity of the greater Columbus community have made this work possible. We want to thank the many folks who made the home a possibility for Stacey and her family. Many contractors worked on the home as well as many work groups.

We especially want to thank our corporate sponsors for their financial support:
  • First National Bank
  • Thrivent Financial
  • B-D Construction
  • Cargill
  • BD Medical/Pharmaceutical Systems
  • Pinnacle Bank
Thank you to our great work crews too:
  • East Central District Health Department
  • BD East and BD West
  • Columbus Homebuilders
  • ADM
  • 1-C Go-Co group
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Federated Church
  • NPPD
  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Vonkar
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Next Generation Kiwanis
  • Home Town Insurance
  • Word of Life Church
  • Rocky Plettner and United Methodist Men
Plus, a big thanks to the numerous food preparers:
  • Columbus Community Hospital
  • Noon Lions Club
  • First National Bank Columbus
  • Human Resources Association
  • Mandy Brandenburg
  • Chuck Kinnison
  • Lorie and Kenneth Young

We are now beginning the process of selecting a family. Be ready for 2018!

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Habitat Board members
  • Mike Smith, President
  • Nicole Brumbaugh, Vice-President
  • Ken Curry, Secretary
  • Beth Kurtenbach, Treasurer
  • Bryan Chochon
  • Jim Hake
  • Dr. Kurt Kapels
  • Chuck Kinnison
  • Melanie Knoepfle
  • A.J. Palensky
  • Jose Rodriguez
  • Dan Smith
  • Jamie Snyder
  • Neal Valorz

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Videos about us and our work

Video highlights from our Fifth Anniversary

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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 five homes, purchase a piece of ground with 16 lots, start a community garden, and move toward building a home in Schuyler.

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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.

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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.

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.

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News about us and our partners
Habitat lays out welcome mat for new director

Habitat for Humanity setting lofty expectations moving forward

Volunteering goes a long way

Habitat for Humanity recruits more volunteers

Local cooks fill soup bowls, Habitat coffers

Habitat keys unlock dream for homeowner

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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