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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a volunteer and a donor for Habitat. I would not donate my time and money if I didn't know that both were being well spent!!! The passion that the staff at Habitat display is amazing! Their dedication and work ethic is something to be admired. Not to mention the lasting impact a Habitat home has on a family and the neighborhood.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to go to Romania in spring 2013. It was organized, fun, and more than I ever expected. I received more than I gave....now have lifetime friends locally, as well as in Romania. If I am given the opportunity to participate in another trip, I won't hesitate to sign up.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Habitat for multiple years now in various capacities, and I am always so moved by their dedication to the local community. It is so rewarding to watch your hard work make such an impact right at home.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To quote a Habitat staff member...It's not just about building walls. Its about tearing them down. I have never been so personally affected and enriched by a volunteer experience as I have with Habitat for Humanity Omaha. I have seen first hand, lives transformed, homes built and neighborhoods renovated. Most importantly, I have seen families of all backgrounds come together under one roof and move forward in their lives. Homeownership changes lives. Habitat for Humanity continues to do great things in our community. I will forever be involved.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privelage of working with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha closely for several years now on everything from building to fundraising. Both the staff and volunteers are so passionate about the cause of ending poverty housing and they are always asking how they can do more. Their passion is absolutely infectious. The Habitat model truely engages the partner families in the process which creates the connections needed to build neighborhoods and communities. Habitat Omaha has made an impact on poverty housing in Omaha and I believe they are just getting started.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

12 wonderful people, very diverse 6 men and 6 women paid their way to Clef, Romania to
help build a 4 plex home. Working side by side with two of the new owners to be was supported
and guided by Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. Give them 5 stars for a wonderful program and
job well done.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is rising to new heights of greatness in their efforts to provide low income housing to the Omaha and surrounding community. Since I first started volunteering in the spring of 2009, they have doubled the number of new and rehabbed homes being completed and begun a much needed blighted home demolition program. Habitat for Humanity is a fabulous organization and the Omaha affiliate is certainly one of the best and rivals the work of affiliates with much greater population bases.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with H4H Omaha for about 3 years now. Because I am semi-retired, I am able to put in as many as 30 hours in some weeks. In that time I have worked in many different roles but I currently spend most of my time helping out in the technology area on the telephony and computer support. I am also a member of Faithful Builders, a coalition of 8 churches that fund and build one of the many H4H homes in Omaha each year. At some time or another I have had the pleasure to work with all of the office staff and most of the construction staff. I have found the staff to be very dedicated and passionate about their work and the necessary and critical mission of bettering the lives of our new homeowners. The volunteers in our Faithful Builders coalition are their equals in dedication and passion. There are many fabulous charitable organizations that I choose to support with my time, talent, and treasure, but none has been more rewarding to me than my time spent with H4H Omaha.

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1 Dawn47

Donor

Rating: 5

I would like to commend Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for the work they are doing in our city. The Habitat leadership is outstanding on so many levels. They are passionate about helping individuals and families reach personal goals of home ownership. They are making a difference by dramatically changing the landscape of blighted areas in our community. Their enthusiasm is contagious and as a result more and more homes are being made available to many families. I am very proud to support Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.

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1 Sarah112

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of another Habitat affiliate outside Chicago. Omaha HFH has exceptional leadership, and has served as an innovator in the field of community development.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I live in Washington County and have been involved with Habitat of Omaha now for over 9 years. We could not have done or continue to do the great works of Habitat if it was not for Omaha’s great leadership and caring. They have taken us under their wings and we have thrived. Through the years, there has been some changeover in staff, but I have had so much support and help from each and every one of them. I have made lifelong friends and hope they continue to work with us for future builds here in Washington County. Hats off to Habitat of Omaha!

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1 Jeanne17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I served as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Habitat's staff members were very supportive and the environment felt like a family. I was impressed by the trust the staff had in me as a recent college graduate with little experience. While they provided guidance they gave me the room to develop the position. Thank you for a wonderful two years!

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1 Yaravi L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Habitat for a number of years. I am the daughter of a Habitat home owner and It wasn't until recently that I became more involved by joining the board. I can tell you that management is determined to improve Habitat and make things better for their staff and volunteers. In a short time the staff will be enjoying a brand new office and plans are in place to offer the volunteers more training. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a great organization that is growing and doing their very best everyday. The staff is amazing and management goes above and beyond the call of duty. They where there for my mom when she needed a home, they where there for me when I lost my job and they are still there for me when I need a referral for a good plumber. Habitat of Omaha is a young chapter that is growing fast which can lead to some stressful situations but I have seen first hand how management works tirelessly to improve the quality of the organization, the quality of their homes, and the quality of the life of the home owners.

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1 Ron_21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Habitat Omaha for more than 3 years. In this time, I have seen the incredible work this organizations accomplishes. From providing a re-roof to protect a family in their existing home to constructing entire new neighborhoods transforming the community. It is really amazing. The organization is lead by a group of visionary and highly organized staff that affords volunteers with many avenues to support the Habitat mission. My entire family volunteers our time to the Habitat mission whether is is helping construct a house, plan and organize fundraiser, or enjoy the festivities of Brew Ha Ha. Great organization to be involved with and they have a great mission.

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1 Jason L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When joining the board of Habitat, I had expectations for what the work of Habitat was about, what kind of people I would encounter and how much of an impact we could have. During the past 5 years of my involvement, every one of my expectations has been exceeded in remarkable ways. This is truly an amazing organization that does so much good for the Omaha community. I truly believe that this organization will one day realize it's mission of eradicating poverty housing.

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1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity Omaha is a true leader among Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide. As a leader of another Habitat for Humanity affiliate, I often look to Habitat Omaha's programs and practices as models and examples of best practice. Amanda Brewer, their executive leader serves in a national advisory role to Habitat for Humanity International giving strong advice from practical local experience. Their program is innovative and well balanced with great thought given toward sustainability of programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former staff member, Omaha Habitat for Humanity was a great place to work! It was wonderful to be part of such an inclusive and welcoming environment. Omaha HfH is certainly building more than houses...

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Habitat Omaha is a wonderful organization that's committed to improving neighborhoods and lives in Omaha. Our caring volunteers work tirelessly to support and help our staff do amazing work. From homeownership to home repair to our ReStore retail sales units, Habitat is very actively engaged in helping make Omaha the very best. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about Habitat Omaha, I urge you to reach out via email, phone or visit our web site at habitatomaha.org.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Habitat Omaha appreciates all feedback from our volunteers. In fact we solicit it each time a person volunteers with our organization. In the spirit of full disclosure, Zach H. was not a volunteer but is a former Habitat Omaha employee. We wish him the best.


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1 Zach H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

While volunteering with Habitat, in Omaha, I got to know several of their employees. After a year, I could no longer work there as I watched 1 manager, and 2 Supervisors get fired for disagreeing with the management, mainly because of being overworked and under prepared. At the same time I observed as there were under performing staff, who were allowed to stay because they were "minorities". (Another direct quote from an HR Manager).

Their volunteer management was a complete mess, with groups showing up to the wrong sites at wrong times, and many sites not being ready for the number of people. I observed as some volunteer groups treated the staff poorly, and continued to work on sites because they were "large donors" (a direct quote from a Habitat Manager).

Overall, I was very disappointed with a local group doing such a dis-service to an organization that has such a large and respectable name. I have several friends, and families of those mis-treated and even fired by this organization (over primarily political issues) that will never donate, volunteer, and who have little good to say, especially about their upper management.