Upcoming Build dates: Each Saturday in October
Our current Habitat House building project is moving forward quickly! A family has been chosen and we would like to be able to move them into the house as soon as they have their hours in to work on the house.
If you would like to help out, or are interested in learning more, please contact Lynn Sewell for site and registration information, or contact the church office at 847-836-5540.
There is no commitment necessary, and people of all levels of construction experience are welcome. We hope to see you there soon!
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is part of a global, nonprofit housing ministry operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes, by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in safe communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. As all affiliates, our mission is to build, rehab, and preserve homes for qualifying families in our area. Founded in 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley focuses its efforts in Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles and the surrounding area.
Simple, Decent, Affordable Homes
Habitat houses are modestly sized: large enough for the homeowner’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum. We use quality, locally available construction materials and meet all building codes. Experienced professionals and volunteers supervise home construction. Houses are designed to conform architecturally to the neighborhood. The donated labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes, and a no-profit, no-interest loan make mortgage payments affordable.
Joyful Hands Partnership – Making a Difference!
Barrington United Methodist Church, along with five other Barrington-area churches, belong to the Joyful Hands partnership of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. It is the united goal of this partnership to fund and build Habitat for Humanity homes alongside hard-working families with low incomes who are willing to partner with Habitat as homeowners. The vast majority of work that the partnership performs takes place on Saturday mornings, usually from 8:30 until around 1:00pm, in Carpentersville near the intersection of Helm Road and Route 25. This neighborhood feeds into Barrington School District 220, so our efforts not only help the individual families that are invested in their new homes, but helps our larger community.
While volunteers with previous construction skills are surely welcome, there is no need to know how to frame a house or how to operate power tools. In fact, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity is a great way to learn some new skills while meeting some great people and helping a family realize the dream of home ownership. For both volunteers and homeowners alike, Habitat is truly a hand-up, not a hand out, as the experience of volunteering in this worthy cause provides benefits for everyone involved.
ReStore Elgin is a 40,000 square foot building materials reuse center benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. ReStore accepts donated new and gently used goods from retailers, manufacturers, distributors, contractors, and homeowners. Building supplies are then sold at greatly reduced prices to the general public. The store’s operation generates funds to support Habitat’s home building program in the Northern Fox Valley area, while reducing the amount of material that would otherwise go to overflowing landfills.
At ReStore, we are keeping stuff out of landfills, raising money to build homes, and making low-cost materials available to those who otherwise may not be able to afford them.ReStore has partnered with the City of Elgin to sell Rain Barrels and Composters at cost. Come in and save money while saving the environment!
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
Address: 800 North State Street (Route 31), Elgin, IL 60123
Directions: Take Interstate 90 west towards Rockford. Exit at Route 31 south. After one mile, ReStore will be located immediately southwest of the intersection of Route 31 and Stephen Dimeo Drive (across from First Chicago Bank) on the west side of Route 31, in the Elgin Discount Market building, north parking lot.