The Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity Affiliate
Founded in 1991, the Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity has built over 40 homes and has repaired dozens of existing ones within the Chippewa Valley. Serving approximately a 30 mile radius of Eau Claire, we strive to help individuals and families achieve safe, affordable, and sustainable places they can call home.
We believe in a hand up, not a hand out. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers & pay a mortgage that is affordable to them, which gets recycled to help build and repair more homes within the community.
We believe that everyone deserves safe & affordable housing; regardless of race, religion, gender, age, political views, or any other differences we may have. Unfortunately in many circumstances, this is not the reality. Alongside & with the help of our community, we strive to change this, taking steps towards a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live.
On July 6th, 2017, the Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity opened up it's very own ReStore! Habitat ReStores are independently owned & operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, helping to raise money for their local Habitat. The ReStore is a home improvement store and donation center that sells furniture, home goods, appliances, building materials, tools, and more to the general public at the fraction of retail price.
All of the items are new or gently used, and have been donated by local businesses and individuals. Plus, all of the proceeds raised help build home and hope for people right here in our community, while also helping to keep good reusable materials out of landfills. It's great for both our community, and our environment.
Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries across the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry with a vision to create
“a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
Millard and Linda Fuller developed the idea for Habitat for Humanity after visiting Koinonia Farm, near Americus, Georgia. It was there that the Fullers met Koinonia founder and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. Together, they created the idea of “partnership housing” as a way to provide safe homes for people in need.
The first Habitat home was actually part of an entire Habitat neighborhood! The original acreage came from Koinonia Farm and 42 homes were built in 1968 and sold to low-income people with no-interest home loans funded by supporters of the project. From there, the Fullers took the project to Zaire in 1973 and spent three years building safe shelter using their “Fund for Humanity” model. In 1976, they decided the project worked well and Habitat for Humanity International was born!
Nearly a decade later, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter encountered a Habitat build in New York City and was inspired to volunteer. President Carter and his wife Rosalyn quickly became two of Habitat’s most prominent supporters.
Over the years that followed, Habitat for Humanity continued to grow. Today, Habitat has helped build or repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than 3 million people around the world. It has become one of the largest, most globally recognized charitable organizations. Just as the state support organizations support local affiliates, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) supports all Habitat SSOs has operational headquarters in Americus, Georgia where Habitat was founded. Administrative headquarters are in Atlanta.
State Support Organization, (SSOs)
Mission: To unite Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the state of Wisconsin in a coordinated effort to eliminate sub-standard housing.
In 2009, representatives from affiliates throughout the state began meeting to explore the creation of a statewide support organization to help affiliates build capacity and serve more low-income families. A steering committee of affiliate leaders was formed, and in 2010 Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin was established and its first board of directors elected. Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin is patterned after a successful model of State Support Organizations (SSOs) being utilized in nearly 30 states. The SSO model is having a significant impact, strengthening and supporting the work of local Habitat affiliates.
Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.