NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT: Every little bit helps Habitat make homes

Farm Forum

Patti Marshall is executive director of Hub Area Habitat for Humanity.

Last month, I received scholarship funding to attend the Habitat International Affiliate Conference in Atlanta, Ga. More than 2,100 individuals from all over the world were in attendance, all there to support Habitat’s vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Besides the 70-degree temperatures and beautiful spring flowers, the spiritual gatherings and individual classes were so motivational that I arrived back in Aberdeen ready to dig in the dirt and to continue the mission of what so many individuals and volunteers have already begun doing in Aberdeen — building decent, affordable housing.

Hub Area Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that was formed in 1993 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to address the housing needs in the community. To date, 11 homes have been built, with groundbreaking schedule for the 12th house in May. A family of six has been selected to receive a home that was “donated” and will be “moved to and renovated at” our Ward Drive location.

Every Habitat house built anywhere in the world is paid for in two ways:

Bulletf=Zapf Dingbats s=8 no Through hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” by the selected family and community volunteers.

Bulletf=Zapf Dingbats s=8 no Through their monthly mortgage payments. Mortgage payments are at no-interest, no-profit and revert back to a fund for Hub Area Habitat for Humanity so additional houses can be built.

Our affiliate also supports a new program, A Brush with Kindness. Habitat organizes teams of volunteers to do painting and minor repairs for income-eligible, owner-occupied homeowners who are unable to do repairs due to their age, disability or circumstance. There is a minimum of eight hours of “sweat equity” for the project, which can also be assisted by family members or friends of the homeowner.

Many volunteer opportunities are available to businesses, church groups, organizations and individuals with A Brush with Kindness or the renovation of Home 12. In addition to the hands-on options, volunteers are needed to serve on various committees, including building and site selection, family selection and support, church and volunteer, and marketing and fundraising. By becoming a member of the Habitat family, you will meet new people, teach or learn new skills and make a difference in your community

Although the no-interest, no-profit mortgage payments are essential, our organization relies on the gifts of its supporters for additional funds necessary for the continued growth of our affiliate. Through programs like Workplace Giving, Sponsor for a Day, or your individual donation, you are helping to build hope and change the life of a family! Your donation might buy a box of nails, a box of shingles, a window, a kitchen sink, siding for a house, wallboard or flooring. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 406, Aberdeen, SD 57402-0406.

Hub Area Habitat welcomes your participation. We would like to include you in our Habitat partnership supporting families in need of decent, affordable housing. To learn more about A Brush with Kindness, volunteering, eligibility for a partner family, or to make a donation to this Christian ministry, visit, email, or call 605-226-5492.