Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity Promotes Brenda Schwechler to Family Services Manager

Brenda Schwechler has accepted the position of Family Service Manager for Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity.

Schwechler’s abilities as a trusted leader, effective communicator, and  successful collaborator were evident from the time she began volunteering with Habitat in 2015 as a Homeowner Advocate supporting families through the Homeownership Program.

In 2018, Brenda joined the staff as the Family Services Program Support Specialist where she was instrumental in defining the organization’s family application process, home visits, home buyer education curriculum, and readied all applicants for eligibility.

Schwechler has 26 years of experience working for Humana. In her last role, Brenda was Partnership Leader where she worked as a liaison between the business partners and overseas service partners.

Additionally, Schwechler developed strong, trusting relationships with the partners to drive company initiatives, performance improvements, and transition of work.

In her prior role as Operations Manager, she focused her efforts on staff development, process optimization, and attainment of department and company objectives. 

Now, as the Family Service Manager, Schwechler takes on the added responsibility to directly take families through the process of homeownership with respect to mortgages, volunteer commitment, and budgeting.

She will also lead the Homeowner Support and Homeowner Selection sub-committees, create the department budget, work closely with the Construction team to make sure that the home is move-in ready for the families as they complete the necessary requirement, and manage home dedications. 

Brenda has already completed her Mortgage Compliance training and the Loan Originator Agreement. She will lead her department with integrity, knowledge of our operation, belief in our mission, along with compassionate people skills working in unison with Habitat’s mission to bring people together for a better future.

Habitat for Humanity

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity builds new construction homes in the Green Bay area and sells them to qualified families at no profit. The Habitat program provides benefits to our partner families and the Green Bay community. Families benefit from decent, affordable housing while the community benefits from the redevelopment of neighborhoods and an increase in tax revenue. The Habitat program does not give houses away. Families must spend “sweat equity” hours helping to build their home, pay a $900 down payment and make monthly mortgage payments. Homes are made affordable due to the volunteer labor used to build the home and the 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat. To see what we’re working on now, check out our Current Builds page!

Habitat homes are build according to these three standard principles:

  1. Simple:
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  2. Decent:
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  3. Affordable:
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

The first step in becoming a Habitat homeowner is to attend an informational Application Meeting. At the informational session, you will find out about our program, see what a typical Habitat home looks like, and learn how to accurately complete your application. Applicants and co-applicants must attend a meeting to receive an application; you will have 30 days from that date to turn in your completed application and required documents.  This meeting will take approximately 1 hour.  The application process takes approximately 60-90 days from the date Habitat receives your completed application. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact familyservices@greenbayhabitat.org.