Our Next Habitat Family

Blake Family

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity recently selected Rachel Blake her children (left to right) Cameron, Brody, and Alec as its partner family for its Ridgeway home project.

“I wanted a safe home where my children and I can grow together as a family,” says Rachel Blake of Decorah when asked what first interested her in Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity.

Soon Blake and her three children—daughter Cameron, 8 (a third grader at Carrie Lee Elementary School), son Brody (a first grader at John Cline Elementary School), and son Alec, 2—will have that home.

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) recently selected the Blake family as its partner for its latest project, a new-home build in Ridgeway, Iowa. Work on the project is slated to begin in late September; volunteers are always welcome.

A Dorchester, Iowa, native, Blake has worked at Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah for the past two years. “There are so many reasons we are looking forward to our new home—my children especially can’t wait to have their own room and a yard to play in,” says Blake. “We are excited to grow some roots and have a place to call home—this is truly one of the most amazing things we have experienced.”

Don Kemp Memorial Golf Tournament

Four-Person Best Shot
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Oneota Golf and Country Club, Decorah, Iowa

Oneota G & CC

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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