Building #31 in 2018

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity held its “blitz build” to raise the walls of its 31st home on Saturday, May 12 at 435 Pike Street in Ridgeway, Iowa.

Construction will continue after the “blitz build” each Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm until further notice. The partner family for this home is Rachel Blake (and her three children).

Donations of food for volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. For more information, contact Gus Johnson, executive director, at 382-1802 or

Sign up for 2018 Don Kemp Memorial
Golf Tournament to be held Aug. 2


Four-Person Best Shot

Entry Form
Oneota Golf and Country Club, Decorah, Iowa

Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity will sponsor 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 will raise funds to build the organization’s next home, in Ridgeway, Iowa.

Interested persons can sign up for the event—slated for shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.—as an individual for $70 or recruit a four-person team for $280. Those unable golf on August 2 but interested in supporting a great cause can sponsor a hole or green for $125 or make a donation directly to Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. The tournament entry fee includes green fees, cart, and meal. Non-golfers can purchase a meal, to be served following the tournament, for $20.

For more information, contact Gus Johnson, executive director, at 382-1802 or

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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