Habitat for Humanity gets grant


ROCHELLE — Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Inc. received a generous donation to help build homes.
Board president, Don Schier and Vanessa White-Broome, executive director, announced that Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Inc. has received a $12,000 grant from the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund for its current Rochelle new home building project and the Polo rehabilitation project.  
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Inc. brings people together to build homes, community and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent affordable houses for people in need, helping to revitalize neighborhoods and communities. With volunteer labor and tax deductible donations of materials and money, Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.
“By partnering with those qualified in the Ogle County service area, our affiliate provides opportunities for homeownership thus opening doors to security, stability, hope, and a sense of pride in becoming a homeowner,” White-Broome said. “Last year [2017] was an exciting year for our affiliate in large part due to a grant award from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, our Habitat affiliate was not only able to build a new 3-bedroom home in Rochelle for a family of five, but was able to serve two other families in Ogle County. One family resides in Polo and the other in Oregon.”
All involved are grateful to have received these funds.
“We are very excited to share this news with everyone in Ogle County, and are very appreciative to the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, as well as countless other individuals and businesses in the area who have supported our organization in one way or another. This support has enabled us to serve a total of three families in 2017 who have attained their dream of decent, affordable housing,” White-Broome said.
“We are so fortunate to be based in a county that understands the benefits of well-designed housing programs. With the assistance of our many supporters we have been able to continue to provide affordable housing within Ogle County since 2002. The 2017 grant funds received from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois allow us to continue to serve families and fulfill our mission. Since our start up we’ve been building decent, affordable quality homes for many lower income families that might not otherwise have qualified for a mortgage. Our programs are a “hands up, not a hand-out. CFNIL grant funds have benefited our affiliate in assisting two of our 2017 partner families so that they can reside in quality, affordable homes.”
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region.


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