Who We Are
Missouri Valley Habitat for Humanity
Jessie Quinn, Executive Director
Board of Directors
Lynn Derman, President
John Schell, Treasurer
Shawn Stettner, Secretary
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses with families in need. Habitat has built houses around the world providing thousands of people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
The Missouri Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate was formed in 1995 with a group of individuals dedicated to eliminate substandard housing in our community.
Since then this Habitat affiliate has completed twelve homes in Mandan and six in Bismarck, ND.
A great deal of our support comes from the community, local businesses and individuals that contribute time and money to the success of our projects. We are inclined to think of our partner families as our success stories. The families selected to partner with Habitat are committed and work hard for their homes in an effort to better their family's life.
The remaining funding comes from grants and sponsorships. Habitat does not use any federal funding in the actual construction of our homes. However, we are able to use HUD funding through grants available from Habitat International for purchasing property and setting infrastructure (excavation, underground plumbing, etc.). To see some ways you can contribute to Habitat's construction, click on "donations". Our partner families are selected and approved through a relatively simple application process. For more information on the selection criteria click on "do you qualify?" Habitat families partner with us in doing the "sweat equity" requirements and repay the monthly mortgage which allows us to build more homes.
The homes are constructed approximately 1,100 square feet, but vary depending on the size of the family. Habitat homes are based on simple but functional designs and all homes are built using volunteer labor.
The majority of our volunteers are unskilled, however, we are always grateful for skilled assistance as well. Many of our volunteers return year after year because of the camaraderie established on the worksite. For unskilled volunteers, the worksite also serves as a training ground to learn construction skills.
There are so many ways to become involved in Habitat's mission. Construction is one of the eight committees required to make this an efficient and effective organization. For more information about these committees and to see how you might fit in, check out "get involved" or "contact us" at the Habitat office.
Partnering with Habitat can change lives...including your own. Whether you contribute time, financial assistance, or say a prayer for our mission to eliminate poverty housing, you are making an impact. Please know that we exist because of you and your continued support.
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