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Beyond Us Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity

Posted by Tami Heather on

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that serves 70 countries and 1400 communities across the US, providing affordable housing to families that otherwise couldn’t afford to purchase a home.

In 1991, Mike Schissler founded the Idaho Panhandle Habitat for Humanity and within two years the first Habitat home was built. Although Mike has since passed away, homes are still being built at Schissler Meadows, which was named in his honor. 

Bonner County Habitat for Humanity builds one house per year through the proceeds of the Habitat ReStore and the generosity of local organizations, churches, businesses and individuals. People in our community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they call home.

Recently, Dan Wimberly, a Habitat volunteer, invited Cedar Hills’ staff and church members to write scripture across beams and posts on a local Habitat for Humanity house that will soon become a home to a single mom and her children. Construction takes an average of 9 months from breaking ground to completion. As we left, he said something that stuck with me, “It was our pleasure to have all of you out to the build site. You brought God’s warmth with you and it remains there.”

As part of our vision for our community, Cedar Hills sees “…a historic move of God through Cedar Hills and other churches in North Idaho that transforms individuals, families, churches, companies, schools and government offices in our area. We see intentional prayer and patient obedience at every level paving the way for this transformation. In response to the God who generously gives abundant life to us, we see a community that models God-like generosity.” It was incredible for us to see this displayed through this project.

Working alongside volunteers, Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. Each family must meet the following requirements: have a housing need, have a job, have enough income to support a small mortgage but not enough for a conventional loan, and be willing to put in 300 to 500 hours or more of sweat equity on their home and other Habitat homes.

Volunteer opportunities range from working in the ReStore to painting, landscaping, framing, and general construction. Volunteer applications can be picked up at the ReStore, 1519 Baldy Park Road, Sandpoint, Idaho.

Thank you Bonner County, together we can do more.

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