2019 Building Site Announced

Calmar, Iowa, will be the next building site for Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH). “We are thrilled to return to Calmar for our 2019 home build,” says Gus Johnson, executive director of WCHFH, which works in partnership with families in need of affordable housing.

Partner families must have a stable employment record and a history of financial responsibility, demonstrate that they currently have an inadequate housing situation, and be willing to work alongside volunteers. Selected partner families must be able to invest at least 150 hours of labor or “sweat equity” into building their homes and the homes of others. Once a project is complete, WCHFH houses are sold to selected partner families at no profit and with no interest charged.

Dedication of the Blake Home: #31


Participating in the dedication of the latest Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity Home October 14 in Ridgeway, Iowa, were (left to right) Father Dan Knipper; Gus Johnson, WCHfH executive director; Bob Krzyzanowski, WCHfH president; Brody, Rachel, and Cameron Blake, the latest WCHfH partner family; and Mary Jo Hangartner, WCHfH vice president.

Numerous volunteers helped the Blake family build their new home, the 31st erected by WCHfH since its inception in 1992. Jake Huinker of Jake’s Roofing donated the labor for the roof; Jeff Schaller provided labor, installing all the flooring throughout the home; Luther students helped with drywall preparation; a Stanley Engineering crew helped with painting; and more than 45 other individuals volunteered their time and talents to put up walls, windows, and cabinets.



Don Kemp Memorial Golf Tournament 2018


Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity sponsored the Fifth Annual Don Kemp Memorial Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Oneota Golf and Country Club in Decorah, Iowa. The 18-hole event raised funds to build the organization’s next home, in Ridgeway, Iowa.

See more about the Tournament

A Brush with Kindness

A Brush with Kindness is a new program focusing on helping eligible homeowners improve the condition of their homes. If you are a low-income homeowner and would like to apply (or just want information), give us a call at 563-382-1802 or Gary's cell 563-380-6023.

A Brush with Kindness project should take one to two days to complete.

What we do:

- carpentry repairs on roofing, siding, flooring, doors and windows
- repair and maintenance of home
- safety and accessibility modifications (ramps, grab bars)

What we don’t do:

- cosmetic repairs
- emergency repairs
- large structural repairs
- building additions


- be a homeowner in Winneshiek County
- be willing to cover the cost of all materials
- repairs match what A BRUSH WITH KINDNESS does

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity volunteers recently worked on their first Brush With Kindness summer projects repairing facia and soffits on the John Magner home.

Bob Krzyzanowski, Ken VandeBerg, Gus Johnson, and Roger Downs worked with John Magner and his daughter.


WCHfH Video

Take a look at the process and the people who make dreams come true. The new video made by Cade Loven is now available on YouTube: From Dreams to Beams

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. The goal for Habitat for Humanity is to work in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide much of the labor and partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor "sweat equity" into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses, both in the US and Guatemala, the international partner nation for the Winneshiek Habitat affiliate.


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