|HFH of Columbus NE|
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House Seven build remains on schedule despite weather
What we have lacked in warm, sunny days for the beginning of the 2018 Work Days, we've made up for in hard working people giving of their extra time and talents.
Many thanks to Jim Hake, Chuck Kinnison, Chuck Sinclair, Dan Smith, Jim Price, and Mike Smith. These men have made sure the schedule stayed on track even without the help of the build crews during this snowy spring season.
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
Let There Be Light sponsors
BD Pharmaceutical Systems-Medication
and Procedural Solutions
|Building toward a Schuyler home; seeking a home buyer|
Above, the Schuyler Extension Committee receives the St. John’s Lutheran Church Women’s group. The funds were raised through a quilt drawing.
Above, the Schuyler Extension Committee receives a gift from Pinnacle Bank presented by Kevin Beune.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Home build 2017 complete; keys turned over to Gronenthal family
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:
We are now beginning the process of selecting a family. Be ready for 2018!
Habitat Board members
Videos about us and our work
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.
|New Hope addition|
We have established the New Hope Addition to the
City of Columbus on 45th Avenue between 11th and 15th
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
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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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
Habitat for Humanity of Columbus NE
P.O. Box 1792
Columbus NE 68602-1792
Tel: (402) 564-HOME (4663)
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
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
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
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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.