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

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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