About Habitat for Humanity


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 International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Our Local Chapter

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana was formed in July 1986. As of January 1, 2013, there are over 57 Habitat homes located in Lake County, Indiana. Building on donated land, with donated funds and constructed with volunteer labor, our mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities to those in need.

The ReStore opened in March 2005 at 6114 W. Ridge Road in Gary and will help to make the above and future building projects possible. There are currently Habitat ReStores throughout the United States. A Habitat ReStore is a retail outlet recycling overstocked, discontinued, new and used building materials, appliances and gently used home furnishings donated by manufacturers, store contractors and individuals. These donated items are sold at a fraction of normal prices to the public. All revenue from sales goes to the local affiliate in support of its building program.

Board of Directors

  • PRESIDENTChris Bengtson
  • VICE PRESIDENTTheresa Mudd
  • TREASURER – Lee Anderson
  • SECRETARY – Dave Baker
  • Robert Johnson
  • Rosanna Fowler
  • Mary Morstadt
  • Shirley Williams
  • Linda Cobb
  • Carol Swisher
  • Dan Rohaley
  • Laura Rice
  • Jackie Stewart
  • Ann Wolter
  • Dana Carter
  • Keith Bruxvoort
  • Joseph Wszolek



  • Daniel M. Klein, Executive Director
  • Dawn Michaels, Director of Development and Community Relations
  • Penny Triezenberg, Family Services Coordinator
  • Kris Wilkens – Accounting
  • Dan Walsh, ReStore Manager – Griffith
  • Lauren Igartua – ReStore Manager – Merrillville
  • Dan Walsh, Receiving Manager, ReStore – Griffith
  • Kim DeRisi, ReStore District Manager
  • Jim Babusiak, ReStore Procurement Director
  • Mike Poe, Construction Manager
  • Kimberly May – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Les Osborne, IT


From the Desk of:

Dawn Michaels, Executive Director

A Message From Our New Executive Director

What an exciting time to be involved with Habitat for Humanity or Northwest Indiana! There are so many projects coming up to talk about; Our current Veteran Build in Merrillville, Women Build in May, and Adopt a Pet at the ReStores...Read More »

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Amy Blaker, Director of Development

Build Your Team With Us

Help build your team while building the American Dream! Join Habitat in a Wall Panel Build or Wall Raising. These are fun and functional ways to promote leadership and communication in your organization. If your organization is interested in a...Read More »

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Penny Triezenburg, Family Services Coordinator

Apply To Become A Habitat Homeowner

We are actively seeking families that would be interested in living on the 1800 block of Adams in Gary.  Please contact Family Services at (219)923-7265 x 305 to receive information about becoming a Habitat family.

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Kimberly May, Volunteer Coordinator

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