Habitat for Humanity of Madison County officially became an affiliate on April 1, 1992. During 1994, this affiliate participated in the statewide project, KY HOMECOMING ’94, by building 2 new houses.
In June 1996, the Madison County Affiliate did its first blitz build in preparation for the 1997 Jimmy Carter Work Project. The outpouring of financial and physical support made the week an outstanding success. Berea College generously donated a plot of land at the edge of the college for the site of the Jimmy Carter Work Project. In that project, the affiliate built 6 houses in one week, three each in Richmond and Berea, and then went on to build a seventh house in the fall.
1998 saw the affiliate’s first Women Build in partnership with the Northern family. Their housing story was used in Habitat International’s fund raising campaign for which the affiliate received $10,000.
In 2001, the affiliate hosted the first ever Habitat Mayoral Build in Berea and partnered with a blind applicant to build a house through a grant from the Lions Club.
In 2002, the affiliate built the first house in Hope Estates, a sub-division being developed by Habitat Madison County that holds 24 new homes.
Supplemental funding has come from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati through Peoples Bank, Kentucky Housing Corporation, and the SHOP, Softwood, and Capacity Building programs through Habitat International.
In 2007 the Madison County affiliate merged with the Clark County affiliate to form Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties. With the merger and continued building we have served 105 families and counting.
With each of Habitat’s homes, a tithe is sent to Habitat International to provide for another home in a developing country. Through these tithes, more than 70 homes have been built around the world.
We have served 117 families through new construction, rehabbing former Habitat homes, and doing repair activities on non-Habitat homes. As we continue building, we are focusing not only on building affordable homes, but on building sustainable homes, using “green” techniques that offer not only long term benefits for our homeowners, but also for the environment. For the past seven years, all of our homes have been Energy Star certified.
Lately, I’ve been captivated by the work of the late Irish poet, philosopher and Catholic scholar John O’Donohue. In his book To Bless the Space Between Us, he shares a beautiful story about swallows who return from Africa to Ireland each spring to the same fragile grass and mud nests they left the year before in an abandoned old shed near his house. Mr. O’Donohue writes:
Habitat for Humanity of Madison & Clark Counties’ vision- a world where everyone has a decent place to live- demands bold action. While we celebrate 117 families in our community already in better housing because of Habitat, there are over 8,000 low income families without adequate shelter today in Berea, Richmond, and Winchester combined, and the need is growing. The pace of our past is far from sufficient to address our community’s urgent housing problems. Because of our past, we can do more. Because of our vision, we must do more. This has informed our affiliate’s Board of Directors and staff as they adopted a three year strategic plan which outlines the following goals for the organization:
1. Build a sustainable organization, mobilize resources and steward them faithfully.
2. Build community impact - improve housing conditions in Madison and Clark Counties. The objectives of this goal are to serve families through sustainable construction and housing support services, leverage shelter as a catalyst for community transformation, grow capacity to serve the most vulnerable, the disaster affected, and the urbanizing world.
3. Build sector impact, partner to increase shelter access. The objective of this goal is to promote policies and systems that advance access to adequate, affordable housing.
4. Build societal impact; inspire action to end poverty housing. The objective of this goal is to mobilize volunteers as hearts, hands and voices for the cause of adequate, affordable housing.
Habitat’s Strategy Team submitted strategies for each of the above goals to the Board of Directors for their input and consideration. The Board of Directors was then involved in the cultivation of these strategies at their end of the year meeting leading to a vote and approval of the three year strategic plan. These strategies outlined for the above goals have been carefully crafted and considered by individuals at all levels of the affiliate.
Build a Sustainable Organization
Grow Skills and Leadership Capabilities: Board development, volunteer development, staff development.
Operate With Excellence: Focus work strategically through the development of highly effective teams and interdepartmental cohesion, while providing staff the opportunity to expand their skills in the service of Habitat. Create and maintain a work environment and atmosphere with the highest standards of professionalism. Assure compliance with applicable regulations and adherence with “best practices” in our field. Develop subcontractors as dependable partners and advocates for Habitat for Humanity.
Build Community Impact
Leverage shelter as a catalyst for community transformation: establish feasibility of potential initiatives in Richmond, Berea, and Winchester. Map project and proceed as appropriate, with attention to integrating focus project into the broader commitment to the two-county service area.
Grow Capacity to serve the most vulnerable, the disaster-affected and the urbanizing world: develop disaster plan defining affiliate’s role in a disaster situation in our service area of Madison and Clark County, Kentucky.
Build Sector Impact
Build Societal Impact
Mobilize volunteers as hearts, hands and voices for the cause of adequate, affordable housing: make opportunities available to community volunteers that match their interest and skills.
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