but by a series of small things brought together."
~Vincent Van Gogh
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity for North Central Iowa has an open door policy. All who believe that everyone needs a decent affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people.
In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversation to a particular faith.
Habitat for Humanity is a not for profit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry financed through private and corporate donations. We utilize volunteer labor and in-kind donations to build simple, decent, and affordable housing. Habitat homes are sold to our partner families at no profit and with no interest.
Habitat for Humanity North Central Iowa serves those living in Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright counties.
If you live outside of our area, please contact your local affiliate.
Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 90 countries, all 50 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Today, Habitat for Humanity International has built or repaired over 1 million homes serving more than 5 million people worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity was named the 14th largest home builder in the U.S. and the 14th top charitable organization.
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife Linda. Millard Fuller's mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
1991 Volunteers from the First Congregational United Church in Mason City
participated in a Habitat project.
1993 Formed local affiliate
1994 Officially ecognized as Cerro Gordo Habitat for Humanity
1995 First Habitat house was completed.
1999 Area covered expanded from Cerro Gordo to five counties total and the name changed
to Habitat for Humanity North Central Iowa. Affiliate was still run fully
by volunteers and they built an average of one house a year.
2004 Habitat hired a full-time Executive Director.
2005 The Habitat ReStore opened.
2007 The current Executive Director was hired.
2008 The service are expanded to include Wright County.
2009-2013 Habitat salvaged great reusable items from over 110 flood buyout houses
throughout Mason City
2011 Habitat moved to a new location that is much more visible and four times
the space of the previous facility in order to accomodate the ReStore
and construction growth.
2014 Habitat celebrated it's 20th Anniversary!
2014 The affiliate began a "Home Repair" program to assist low-income homeowners
throughout the service area with critical health and safety needs,
weatherization, and neighborhood beautification projects.
2017 Habitat launched a Modular Ramp program
2018 Habitat has provided homeownership opportunities to 50 area families
and completed 11 home repair projects throughout the 6 county region
Whirlpool, Hunter Douglas Blinds, Yale Locks, Valspar Paint, Schneider Electric/Square D, Dow Chemical
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Principal