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Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

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Causes: Christianity, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Religion

Mission: Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need.

Target demographics: provide good affordable housing

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 60 families

Geographic areas served: North Omaha primarily with builds in South Omaha and Washington County as the availablity and need dictate.

Programs: new home construction, re-hab housing, roof and repair, and blighted home demolition.

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I am very frustrated with the huge bills you keep sending me. When I agreed to purchase my house I was told the payment would stay the same each month. Every month my payment has gone up up up. Bill you just sent me was for $1,299. This program in no way helps out people who don't have a lot of money. Between the repairs and the huge power & mud bills & house bills, all my money goes to this and I can't even afford any Christmas presents for my family. Just had to pay near $25,000 for repairs from storm damage this week and now this huge bill from you for my house payment. We were paying extra each month to pay down some of this and bank was applying it to the house cost instead of escrow or whatever they were supposed to do. I have had nothing but problems with neighbors who poisoned my boxer dog, he has laid here for 6 months now unable to walk & his medicine costs a fortune. He has to be put to sleep now. Neighbors have done all kinds of things to my house, threatened to kill me & my dogs. Every day I wake up so depressed living in this house. I wish I had just stayed where I was. I was supposed to be part of the habitat family which I do not feel a part of any thing. I don't feel safe in my own house. I was offered 15% of what I paid for house to move. Just feel Habitat only cares about making money and not about me. I also paid way too much for this house which is filled with lead dust, black and green mold and i have been sick since living here.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I paid way too much for my house. House is filled with lead dust. I can't use my yard to garden. Lead dust causes severe health issues and is very dangerous. I also have all types of mold in my house. Mold is also a huge health concern and very dangerous to live in those conditions. We won't even mention the idiot neighbors I have to deal with and all the 60 some police reports i have had to make. Company refuses to fix the things wrong with my house & thinks they can offer me a couple thousand dollars for my house and let someone else have it & all the problems that come with it. Wiring is faulty inside and outside of house. I have been sick and my pets sick too since living here. All my money goes to house payment and fixing things. I complained on Facebook and Habitat had my account shut down. So now I am going to complain on every site they have. I had that Facebook account for years & since Habitat can't accept the problems they try and hide them. Well problems are not going to just go away until you fix them and company refuses to do anything I ask, they can't even bring me some dirt to put around my house, so the water will stop leaking inside my house. I will add my you tube videos and photos later on.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never had a bad experience volunteering with Habitat-Omaha. For the second straight year I am the President of the Habitat-Omaha Young Professionals and over 100s upon 100s of volunteer hours spent with this organization I can honestly say I've enjoyed every minute of it. Our YP group is continuing to grow and new opportunities regularly present themselves. It is a great organization that truly helps the community. A nonprofit where you can actually see the progress and the work that you are doing come to fruition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been active through Young Professionals and as the community service chair for my company for a few years now and the professionalism of Habitat-Omaha is second to none. They are very knowledgeable about Habitat's mission, extremely welcoming and just great people. I will never forget when I did my first Habitat event: I met a Habitat representative that day and didn't see him again for almost 8-9 months, not only did he remember my name but remembered specifics from the conversation we had from months before. That experience made me realize how much they truly care and appreciate the help they get. I will continue to help Habitat for years to come.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

A great organization that furthers affordable housing in our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have long appreciated the good work of Habitat for Humanity and the Restore. I work with National, Bellevue and Omaha groups, who all do important work for our country and communities. The Omaha program is vital to the many families who seek a better life. Their investment partnership with Habitat makes for an otherwise unavailable home ownership that means community roots. That more stable home life for the children benefits our entire community. We are blessed to have such caring dedicated people working and volunteering here. Thank you all! Don

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for 4 years and love it! Everyone, the staff, other volunteers and homeowners are always friendly and upbeat and it feels good to know we're making a real difference in peoples lives. Working on rehabs; it's a thrill to watch a house go from eyesore to eye-catching. Home dedications are always moving. I could go on and on, there are so many positives to this wonderful organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a donor, volunteer, and construction partner with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, I can attest to the hard work, dedication, and overall professionalism that Habitat for Humanity operates under while transforming neighborhoods and our community. I am proud to be involved with Habitat. Their leadership is passionate, mission driven, and energetic about everything they do. Omaha is lucky to have such a great organization in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years we have been involved with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha both as donors and volunteers. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that we have helped provide affordable housing for needy and deserving home owners, we have enjoyed the camaraderie of working with other like-minded people. It is a joy to see how our efforts have made a difference in the lives of families as well as in our larger community.

Delvin and Trudy Hutton, Blair, Nebraska

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HFHO is an opportunity... An opportunity to better our community... An opportunity for people to share their skills to build a tangible asset...An opportunity to move into a new/remodeled house to call home... An opportunity to change a neighborhood... An opportunity to recycle your extra construction materials. An opportunity to purchase great construction materials at a reduced cost...Habitat for Humanity Omaha is a well-organized opportunity for everyone!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and the ReStore has helped families to build and maintain their homes. They provide tremendous resources for working families that enable them to become or remain home owners by supplying them with supportive resources and programming to help them get or stay on their feet. I'm so grateful for their contributions to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer on several Women Build renovation projects. The crew leaders and staff were very organized and used materials very efficiently. It was a pleasure to work with the future home owners and see their pride in helping build a home for their families. Habitat does a great job in improving neighborhoods and enhancing the city of Omaha.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Omaha several times and every time the staff is very friendly, organized and keeps everyone on task. They offer a variety of events around the city to get people involved and of course have an excellent mission. They are very thorough and efficient in their use of resources and build an impressive number of homes a year through volunteer staff. I am very impressed with their operations and their breadth of services they perform. They aren't just building houses, they are re-building communities. They have a very impressive and comprehensive approach to their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on several builds for Habitat; sometime with my co-workers and other times on my own. I am impressed with the organization and the homes they build. Even though built by a lot of volunteers, these are quality homes. I like that the future home owners put in their own sweat equity to build that house and that Habitat ensures they have the skills to maintain it throughout the years. On several builds I was fortunate to work with the future home owner and got the opportunity to meet them and their family. While my intent was to spend sometime to bless someone else, I was truly blessed by the entire experience.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a honor to serve as a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. I have seen firsthand how Habitat for Humanity of Omaha been a great advocacy for affordable housing as well as promoting dignity and hope. They continue to strive to make Omaha a better place to work and live by creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. I truly believe they are transforming lives within the communities they serve. It is based upon mutual trust and fully shared accomplishments of the homeowner, neighbors and all members of the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Finance Committee Member, Habitat for Humanity Omaha is one of the best run non-profit organizations I have ever worked with. They truly care about their mission statement of "Building community through homeownership" and every financial decision we make takes that into consideration. It is an honor to be part of such a great non-profit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity Omaha has been an outstanding community partner to assist with addressing our abandoned properties crisis in the metro-area. I couldn't imagine my community without their proactive leadership in making housing affordable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Habitat for Humanity for the past 8+ years as a board member from Washington County. Our relationship with Habitat for Humanity Omaha has allow us help 4 families in the Blair Area to ave a home for their family. This opportunity has been such a positive in our community. The volunteers and families that the houses are built for find such a bond throughout the process. Habitat for Humanity Omaha truly is has been a blessing to so many!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of being a volunteer with Habitat for the last 10 years. The great people at Habitat have worked with me in finding the best ways for my organization to help at Habitat. This has usually been through providing 10-12 builders from my organization for 3 different days during the year. This flexibility has allowed us to help Habitat, while also allowing us to have the greatest amount of overall participation. Habitat does a great thing for the community and I know that the people that work for me look forward to the build each year. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor, volunteer and past board member with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and can't say enough good things about the organization and the people involved. Keep up the good work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Habitat Omaha has been a great partner to work with. Whether it is their hospitality for our community meetings, collaborating on strategies to ensure affordable housing for all in the Omaha metro area, or serving on leadership committees, Habitat can always be counted on.
Additionally, the local office philosophy of asset based neighborhood development has made an impact on the way our region looks at community development (lifting up what works, and looking for strengths in the existing community)
Oh, and the Habitat ReStore has helped me personally to find items to rehab my house at a fraction of what I'd have to pay elsewhere!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity Omaha is my favorite charity. I really believe in the mission of giving a hand up not a hand out. I have been involved in many local builds and am now on the Friends for Humanity Board. They are a top notch organization with many caring individuals who work to make our community stronger.