Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana Kicks Off

Partners in Workforce Homeownership Initiative

On Friday, February 27, Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana kicked off its four-year, $3,295,000 Partners in Workforce Homeownership initiative.

We are excited to announce that to date over $1.1 has been committed to the Partners initiative!

At the media event held at Innsbrook Country Club, leaders from the Catholic Diocese of Gary, City of Hobart, Franciscan Alliance, Suncrest Christian Church, Leeps Supply Co. Inc., Centsible Heating and Air Conditioning, Centier Bank, Strack and Van Til, Legacy Foundation and others unveiled the details of the four-year plan.

Under the Partners initiative, Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana will build 17 new and renovate 17 existing homes into Habitat homes in communities throughout Lake County.  In addition to positively impacting hardworking Lake County families, the Partners initiative will produce over $38,000,000 in economic impact for our local communities.

If your organization:

  • has employees that earn $19,000 – $51,000 per year,
  • is active or interested in local community projects,
  • or encourages employee volunteerism and community outreach

then we want to talk to you!

If you missed the Partners in Workforce Homeownership Kickoff Event, click the videos below to listen to our speakers and learn more about Habitat for Humanity NW Indiana, the Workforce Homeownership Model, and why Lake County businesses, churches, municipalities, foundations, and other organizations are rallying in support of the Partners initiatives.

Daniel Klein – Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana – Welcomes everyone to the Workforce Homeownership Kickoff Event

Bob Johnson – Owner of Liberty Floors and Window Coverings and Board President of Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana – provide some history on our affiliate

Most Reverend Donald J. Hying – Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gary – provides information on how Habitat NWI is revitalizing the neighborhood around the Cathedral of the Holy Angles in Gary

Colin Byrne – Project Director for Partners in Workforce Homeownership – provides details on the Partners initiative and Habitat NWI’s unique workforce homeownership model

David F. Ruskowski – President of Franciscan St. Anthony Health – explains how Habitat NWI has a direct impact on the local workforce

Brian Snedecor – Mayor of the City of Hobart – talks about why Hobart has partnered with Habitat NWI to impact Hobart’s economy and workforce

Greg Lee – Lead Pastor of Suncrest Christian Church – tells a great story about why Suncrest has decided to partner with Habitat NWI to have a greater impact on the local community

John Hamstra – President of Leeps Supply Co. Inc. – explains why all local company involved in residential construction or renovation should support the Partners initiative

Scott May – CFO of Centier Bank – gives an explanation of the $38,000,000 in economic impact Habitat for Habitat NWI will have under the Partners initiative

Dean and Susie Pollard – Owners of Centsible Heating and Air Conditioning – speak about how every contractor can play a significant part in Partners initiative by donating materials and skilled labor to the construction and renovation of the 34 additional Habitat homes over the next four years

Chris Bengtson – COO of Strack and Van Til – remarks on the impact that Habitat NWI has on the local workforce and the impact of the increased disposable income of Habitat partner families on local retailers

Dan Klein – Closing

Press Coverage of the Event

Post-Tribune – Habitat initiative to house 34 families


The Times of NW Indiana – Habitat for Humanity announces four-year, $3.3 million initiative


Partners in Workforce Homeownership Materials

For an in-depth look at the Partners initiative, Habitat NWI, and our workforce homeownership model please read/download the PDF brochure:

NWI Brochure Feb 27 2015



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