Habitat’s housing advocacy work more important than ever before

By Ann Patterson Ann is the Advocacy Chair for Wichita Habitat. She also is a member of Habitat’s U.S. Council Advocacy Committee. Here she shares an update on the committee’s work. I recently virtually attended my first U.S.Council Advocacy meeting which included members from all over the country. We were briefed on the status of the next COVID-19 relief package. …

ReStore draws customers from miles away!

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager I discovered just how popular and useful ReStore is when I stopped off in Peabody and saw how Linda Miles Martinez had furnished and decorated The ManeStreet Beautique with her ReStore finds. My husband and I were on our way home from Cottonwood Falls a few weeks ago and visited Peabody. (I highly recommend …

United Way taking appointments through July 24 for Help Center’s August session

WICHITA, Kan., Tuesday, July 21, 2020 — United Way of the Plains is now taking appointments this week through July 24 for its Help Center’s August session. The center will assist individuals who have been laid-off or furloughed or self-employed individuals whose personal income has been severely affected by the pandemic or aviation-related layoffs. To set up an appointment, individuals …

Heading Home program helps couple make the journey to homeownership

Martin and Arianna are on the road to becoming Wichita Habitat homeowners after completing our specialized program that prepared them financially to make this big journey. “We were just accepted (into the homeownership program) after completing Heading Home,” Arianna said. “Our credit is cleared up and we have no debt!” People who may not be financially ready to buy a …

Newest Team Member Is a Dream Come True

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Meet our newest team member – a CASE skid steer loader. This versatile machine is a generous gift from CASE Construction Equipment and will provide Wichita Habitat with much-needed assistance at a time when COVID-19 limits our ability to engage large numbers of volunteers to build affordable homes. A team from CASE made the …

Shop at Target and Help Build Homes!

We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit Wichita Habitat for Humanity. It’s a fun and easy way to support affordable housing right here in Wichita! To sign up to join Target Circe and learn full program details and restrictions, visit Target Circle. target.com/circle Vote now through September 30. Target …

Habitat home sows seeds for a better future!

Digging in the dirt and planting a garden is a JOY that comes with owning a safe, affordable home! Jermane shared that it was his daughter’s dream to have a garden and of course, he was more than glad to make that happen as you can see in the photos he shared! Jermane and his wife built their Wichita Habitat …

Letter from Advocacy Chair: Pandemic sheds light on housing crisis

Dear Friends, Shelter in place is a term receiving much attention recently. The current pandemic forces us indoors and we spend many of our hours in our homes.  Yet, thousands of our fellow residents currently live in dwellings where living conditions are hazardous to their health and safety. As a long time, volunteer and Board member of Wichita Habitat for …

Habitat homeownership changes “everything” for family

A reliable car. A savings account. Neighbors who are friends. These are the life changes Cherity’s family has experienced since becoming Wichita Habitat for Humanity homeowners 5 and a half years ago. “Having this house has changed everything,” Cherity says. The family moved constantly before purchasing their Habitat home. “My kids never had a home. They never had a street …