Itasca County Habitat for Humanity is a home ownership program for low-income families and individuals in Itasca County MN.
Itasca County Habitat for Humanity (ICHFH) has built 34 safe, decent, affordable homes in Itasca County since 1992. In addition, we have built 29 homes in Mexico by tithing to Habitat for Humanity International. Not only do your donations support local efforts in Itasca County, they support global efforts to eliminate substandard housing.
Now in our 20th year, ICHFH is embarking on another housing solution; A Brush With Kindness (ABWK). A Brush With Kindness is a repair program for low-income existing homeowners. In keeping with the principle that Habitat is a hand up not a hand out, homeowners who participate in ABWK are required to do sweat equity and pay for the repairs with a zero percent interest loan.
In 2007, Itasca County Habitat for Humanity opened a ReStore. The ReStore is a home improvement store that sells new and used, donated building materials to the general public. Since opening, the ReStore has diverted over 2.5 million pounds of materials from the local landfills. ReUse, ReCycle, ReStore.
Your donation helps a family better their life. Here is Tena's story:
Hello I’m Tena Buesing. I’m a single mom with two boys, a 14 yr. old and a 5 yr. old. They are my world. I work at Orion Corporation with people with disabilities. I’ve been there for almost 5 years and I love my job. I’m recently divorced and now living in income based housing. We feel so blessed to have this opportunity to better our lives. The thought of having a home to share with my boys was something I only dreamed about until I heard about Habitat for Humanity. I guess miracles do happen to people like me. I’ve struggled as a single mom since I was 17 years old and I was feeling trapped in income based housing. The thought of bettering life for my boys was on my mind every day.
I’ll never forget the day I got the news we were picked for a home. I was filled with excitement but also in shock, I am getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only better my life, but also my children’s lives. That’s an unexplainable feeling for me. Not only do I get to help build the house, I get to meet a lot of new people and feel like I’m a part of this amazing community of people that just love to help others. I can’t express how excited and motivated I am to start my new life as a home owner. God bless you all!