Many ways to serve and honor MLK

This year’s MLK Day of Service will look different as we strive to keep everyone healthy and safe during the pandemic. But there are still many ways you can serve and honor Dr. King’s legacy. While Wichita Habitat will not host the annual indoor construction event with 200 volunteers, we’d like to offer some ways you can help others in …

Habitat Helps You Build a Strong Financial Foundation

Habitat homeowners don’t just help build their homes – they also learn how to take control and manage their finances through our financial literacy program. This is a key element of the Habitat homeownership program that changes lives and creates better futures. When you take control and manage your finances you can set funds aside for emergencies, afford a reliable …

Volunteer has played a constructive role in 45-home Habitat neighborhood

Bill Bauck is an expert at seeing a project through to completion! In 2010 Bill helped build the first house in Wichita Habitat’s Stewart Village and now he’s volunteering on the 45th and final Habitat house in the neighborhood. Bill is currently leading volunteers at the house that will be home to Flabio and Maria. Over the past 10 years, …

Support for Places for People Plan

By Ann Fox, Executive Director The Wichita City Council gathered on Nov. 24, 2020, for a workshop on the implementation of the Places for People plan.  After serving on the Urban Infill Committee to develop recommendations I was able to speak on behalf of Wichita Habitat for Humanity to support the implementation of the recommendations.   Non-profits can’t meet the …

Bob helps us build houses, one yard at a time

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Next time you complain about cutting the grass, consider Bob Lochner who volunteers to mow our 18 vacant lots. Oh, and Bob is 82. “It’s good exercise and a good reason to get up in the morning,” Bob said. “I don’t pay a penny in gym fees.” If you’re thinking that Bob is a …

“Hidden Work” Holds Great Meaning for ICM Team Member

When Joe Wary frames a Wichita Habitat for Humanity home he sees beyond the 2x4s, nails and his hammer. Instead, Joe sees an excited family who can hardly wait to purchase their new home. Joe and the team from ICM were framing Baraka and Francine’s home in the Rock the Block neighborhood this week. Joe is the corporate manager of …

Remote Learning is not Pajama Day – Tips for success from KWCH

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Students learning on a remote or hybrid model have to learn a new lifestyle. It’s different from the structure they’ve had since kindergarten. Bishop Carroll Catholic High School students have hybrid schedules. They’re at school for half the day, alternating morning and afternoon. The other part of the day, they’re attending classes online. Wednesdays are fully …

Volunteers head home with new skills!

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager People who volunteer on our construction sites often gain skills to use on their own home improvement projects. That’s what Jace and Solomon, two students from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School discovered. “I learned how to hang drywall and I did some painting when I volunteered last year,” Jace said. “And, conveniently I was …

Sonya is building a bright future for her family

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Sonya’s building more than a safe, affordable home for her five children. She’s building a bright future. “My oldest is 15 and in high school and it’s time to start looking at colleges,” she said. “Having an affordable home will help us with saving for college.” The home also will provide her four sons …