Habitat for Humanity - Ozaukee is dedicated to the enrichment of our local community. By helping under-served residents realize their dream of home ownership, we help families and children achieve strength, self-reliance and stability. A house is more than a home and when you help families achieve their goal of home ownership the benefits to the county are boundless!
Meet Tammy and Alex, who soon will move into their new Habitat home in Port Washington. Tammy is a single mom who cares for her son, Alex, a 22-year-old with physical and developmental disabilities.
Alex requires extensive care from his mom, who lovingly provides it 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. Alex uses a wheelchair for mobility and a lift for transfers. The new home provides accommodations for Alex's disabilities that will make his quality of life a little better and the care Tammy provides a little easier. These include wider halls and doorways; an oversize shower for his lift and wheelchair; clearance under the bathroom sink and a desk in Alex's room.
Thrivent Builds Home and Heart
This home was made possible through a generous $45,000 grant from Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity®. In addition, Thrivent volunteers led by Habitat board member Jim Meyer have donated countless hours to support Bob Meier's weekly crew to complete the new home. An Open House and Dedication event Sunday, Feb. 19 kicks off at 1:00 p.m. You won't want to miss this opportunity to tour this beautiful new home and celebrate community with our new homeowners!
Strong and Stable Homes Help Build Strong and Stable Communities.
Thanks to the generosity of the Ozaukee County community, Habitat celebrated the dedication of its first new home in Grafton on Sunday, Nov. 20. Nearly 50 local officials, volunteers, donors and Habitat advocates turned out on a cold and blustery afternoon for an open house and blessing for new homeowner, Cynthia, and her young daughter, Harmonee. Family Support volunteers Don and Donna Steffens (shown in the photo above with Cynthia, holding our housewarming basket, and daughter, Harmonee) guided Cynthia through the home application and education process.
Habitat secured the property ten years ago and broke ground for construction in August of 2015. Since then, Cynthia has put in more than 250 hours of "sweat equity" to help build her new home alongside a team of dedicated volunteers led by construction manager, Bob Meier. Altogether, volunteers have spent over 5,000 hours to build the new home. In addition, more than 60 companies donated materials and labor to help defray the cost of home construction. Cynthia also assumes a no-interest, 30-year mortgage on the property, proceeds from which will be used to fund future Habitat projects. A duplex is planned next for the Grafton property.
Learn more about this home and family on Our Projects page. We hope to share more updates about Habitat homeowners through the years as we celebrate Ozaukee County families.
Visit our Apply page for more information.
We encourage families in need of decent, affordable housing to complete an application. These are thoughtfully reviewed by our committee. Selected families partner with Habitat for Humanity in the construction of their new home, working alongside volunteers and securing a 0 interest mortgage. We all win when a Habitat for Humanity home is built in Ozaukee County!
The start of 2017 brings a new milestone for Habitat for Humanity-Ozaukee as we complete our 10th new home in just over a decade.
Every Habitat home and homeowner has a story and this one is no exception. We invite you to read more about Tammy and Alex and also to consider how many more Ozaukee County families need our support.
Give a Hand Up
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.
Every donation is an essential building block to provide safe, affordable housing for everyone living here in Ozaukee County.
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100% of your donations will go directly to our current build in Port Washington, which is providing a handicapped accessible home for Tammy and her son Alex!
All abilities are needed, not just swinging a hammer. To learn more - Click HERE
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We want to thank all our supporters donating their services, materials and time to work alongside new homeowners to build a better