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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Robyn25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2010, I became a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity – Omaha! I was initially drawn to HFH’s motto, ‘Providing a hand up not a hand-out’ however because of this organization’s mission, strong leadership, and outstanding dedication to changing the Omaha community; I was also empowered to build with Habitat for Humanity International in Haiti, South Africa and soon Nepal. Through these experiences, I have witnessed firsthand that this organization transforms lives!

The Omaha staff is empathetic, professional, knowledgeable, passionate about Habitat’s purpose and ‘the real deal!’ They put ‘people over profit’ and are always grateful for all contributions: volunteer time, donations for the Restore, monetary donations or attending one of their many fundraisers!

1 melanieboone

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with Habitat - I get to meet lots of great people, learn new skills, be actively involved in the community and feel like I am really helping to make a difference.

1 Matt87

Donor

Rating: 5

I am the President of Husker Hammer Siding Windows and Roofing, we have been a major contributor to Habitat for years and continue to do so due to the great organization it is and the great people they have to work with. We are very proud to be tied to Habitat for Humanity and serve the greater Omaha market.

Matt Cradick

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently my family and I re-tiled and remodeled the "scary" bathroom in the basement--we all known the type--and purchased 95% of our materials from the ReStore. I didn't find all matching tiles though; instead, I found an array of colors, which enabled us to make a beautiful, color-complex mosaic. The tiles weren't the same material either; along with porcelain, I found limestone tiles, mica tiles, and kaleidoscopic, iron-infused shale tile. Now a tour of our house includes a geology "lesson" in the downstairs bathroom. I also didn't see the type of curtain rod I thought I needed. With what I did find, I constructed a steel cable suspension line to hold up the curtain, held in tension by an antique, cast iron, window counterweight.

At the ReStore you don't always find what you think you need; you find something better that ignites your creativity and allows you to be that person who posts to Pinterest and instructables.com, not the person who copies them.

I love the ReStore and would happily drive past 2 Menards, 5 Home Depots, and 16 Lowes to shop there.

-LaRue Diehl

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I look forward each year to volunteer to help build a home locally in my community. It is a great thing for the community and the individuals moving into the home. I learn a little, meet new people, and am able to know I contributed some effort to making some ones life a little better.

Its a great organization with a good cause you actually see the results of. Highly recommend donating your time and/or money. The staff is great to work with as well.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege to volunteer with Habitat in various ways over 20 years. It's compelling to see the "hand up, not a hand out" concept in action for those truly in need. I appreciate how Habitat values Jesus' statement concerning those in need, "as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Habitat Omaha is on my annual giving list! I trust that they use my donations wisely to help more families in need. They are working hard to improve struggling neighborhoods and help low-income families. I encourage others to support their important work.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is has been a joy to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Omaha because the organization is extraordinarily well run. The management and staff are, to a person, totally committed to helping Omaha families and they do it efficiently and enthusiastically. I'm a believer in the The Habitat For Humanity model because it just makes good sense. It offers families a hand up and not a hand out. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a great nonprofit.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a life-changing organization and they do it by providing a hand up, not a hand out byt providing safe, decent houseing not only to those in need in Omaha, but also to people in need in other countries around the world I have had the opportunity to volunteer and even serve on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is exceptionally well run and does an amazing job of really delivering for the people they serve. It is an organization filled with top-notch, dedicated individuals.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered through the young professionals group for 4 years now and have had a great experience! This is an excellent way for young leaders to get involved in the community, meet people and grow themselves professionally. Not to mention, it so rewarding to be a part of the builds and meet the families you are impacting firsthand! They really do make the community a better place!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Omaha Door & Window has had nothing but awesome experiences with Habitat for Humanity. We have donated consistently to the Habitat Restore for several years, but most recently we donated a large quantity of siding. There was a lot of material to be transported and Habitat sent a large and very efficient crew to help move the large bundles of siding. They loaded two semi-trailers and multiple box trucks in one day. It was a well-organized effort and Omaha Door & Window enjoyed teaming up with this worthwhile organization. Their commitment and passion to help families in need is inspiring and we look forward to donating in the future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha in the capacity of assisting with marketing. I've volunteered for many organizations over the years, and have grown to truly enjoy my relationship with the Omaha team. They are an astute group that has a sincere passion for what they do. The team is respectful of their volunteers time and talents, and take their mission to heart. They are thoughtful strategists and a joy to work with. There are few organizations that make volunteering FUN - the Habitat Omaha team has actually got that figured out!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our company first started working with Habitat volunteering to transport useable + sale able product between Des Moines and Omaha ReStore locations on our trucking system. Because of what we saw in how the local Habitat organization has grown as a quality alternative for families that would otherwise not have an option for home ownership, we engaged our customer network for their participation by donating excess home building materials to be used in home construction or to help offet building costs keeping home ownership affordable.

By their actions, the entire Habitat Team has shown us their commitment to serving the community and engaging families that are pursuing a second chance in life. Because of this, our personal commitment will continue for the mission Habitat brings to the area.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha since college and can't say enough good things about the organization. I love their strategic approach to developing entire neighborhoods - going well beyond just building homes. The staff, volunteers and families involved in the work are always so friendly and welcoming. Its fun to see people from different backgrounds come together to achieve a common goal. Each time I leave a build site, I feel empowered and inspired. Thank you Habitat!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer crew leader with HFH Omaha. The office and support staff work extremely hard to provide our crews with the technical and logistical support that we need. This has been a continually improving process that has seen a very positive change over the last five years. The overall organization has continued to improve the growth in families served and the facilities to support staff and volunteers. The new safety initiative is another positive step forward.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I shop at the ReStore and I love it! You never know what great items you will find and the best part is they are well below the retail price. I save lots of money while helping a great cause. I know that money from the ReStore helps to build more houses. It's a win win.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a Habitat Omaha donor for several years, both financially and items to the ReStore. They are very appreciative of my support and I know they use my gifts wisely. 90% of all resources are spent directly on programs to help more families. I feel valued and appreciated and know that my gifts are making a difference.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have logged 100s of hours of build time with this group, and even had the opportunity to go abroad with them, and you wont find a better group anywhere. They have outstanding leadership from top to bottom in this organization, and it shows. They are organized, passionate and deeply knowledgeable about their mission, and have a very thoughtful strategic plan to execute. They have engaged this community in a way that really makes them the model for habitat affiliates.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

By joining Habitat Omaha's Young Professionals group, I've been able to build houses, raised money, and spread the word about Habitat. Plus I've made some great friends!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer on several home builds in the past. The staff at Habitat for Humanity of Omaha are the best! They make everyone feel very welcome no matter what their building skill level is. The organization is transforming run down and dilapidated neighborhoods into pockets of safe family environments.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My church coalition, the ELFs (Ecumenical Labor Force), dedicated their rehab house yesterday. A family from Bhutan will be buying the house which is right across the street from the local elementary school and 2 blocks from the middle and high school. Their lives will be transformed.

I have been active in HFH Omaha for over 20 years so a 5 star rating comes naturally to me.