Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity To Celebrate Completion of 2019 Women Build Project

Posted on 8-15-2019

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the completion of the 2019 Women Build project and welcome the home’s new owners on Monday, August 26 at 5:30pm.

The home was the result of Habitat’s annual Women Build event, which invites women to devote at least one day during the month of May to help build decent and affordable housing in the community.

Any woman who wants to participate on a build site, network with other women, and fundraise for Habitat is invited to join in. No experience is necessary, and participants work in a collaborative atmosphere under the guidance of construction professionals and alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners.

The event kicked off in April with a Women in Media Build Day, which invited women from local media outlets to participate on the build site. The final Women Build groups were on the build site mid-June due to weather delays. In total, over 200 women participated in Women Build, and they raised $22,000.

The family that will be buying this year’s Women Build home is the Christnot/DeGroot family – Jasmine, Ryan, and their children.

This is the 115th home Habitat has built and sold to a qualified homebuyer in Brown County. Homeowners have a zero-interest and affordable mortgage that is made possible through generous donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor.

“Owning a home for us means permanency and a strong foundation to raise our children,” says the Christnot/DeGroot family. “This will be the first home for any of us that is truly ours, and it gives us a sense of peace and comfort knowing that we won’t have to rent anymore. We drive past our new home a couple times a week and kids comment on the progress that is being made and discuss what they want their rooms to look like.”  

Habitat extends a special Thank You to the sponsors on this home including: HSHS Hospital, Cellcom, LaForce, WPS, Green Bay Packers Give Back, Nicolet Bank, Saranac, BayCare Clinic, Tweet Garot, PAi, Seura, and Denmark State Bank.

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 [email protected].