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 …

AmeriCorps Offers Amazing Year of Service and Travel

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Did you know that Wichita Habitat staffer Shawna Dennett has operated a backhoe? No, Shawna didn’t have this experience while working at our affiliate. Instead, it was while she served as a member of Sun 8 with the AmeriCorps Civilian Conservation Corps in 2001. This week we’re celebrating AmeriCorps and so that includes alumni …

AmeriCorps is a “Hands-On” learning experience for Ismael

Serving as a construction crew leader through AmeriCorps has been an incredible learning experience for Ismael. Before his year of service began, Ismael said he didn’t know much about building a house, how to use certain tools or how to be a leader. “I have actually learned far more than I imagined I could,” he said. “Being with Habitat has …

Tips for finding your next DIY upcycle project at Habitat ReStore

Adapted from an article by Habitat for Humanity International You never know what you’ll find when you shop at Wichita’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore at Central and West streets. That’s why it’s such a thrilling shopping experience. Furniture for sale at ReStore is in great condition as is, but some pieces that are perceived as outdated may get overlooked. That’s …

Team finds Wichita walkable, fun and sweet!

By Olivia/AmeriCorps NCCC team member serving with Wichita Habitat Our team has loved being in Wichita. One of the first things we noticed on the first day is how easy it is to walk places. We’re a 10-minute walk from Old Town and from the cafes on Douglas Street. With limited transportation, having the freedom to walk to so many cute …

Walls tell a story of a community’s love, support

Can you imagine going to sleep every night, surrounded by prayers and messages of love shared by the volunteers who helped you build your home? That’s something that future Habitat homebuyer Arnetta and her daughter will experience when they move into their home in the spring! Construction began on Arnetta’s affordable Wichita Habitat home during our MLK Day of Service …