Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity History
2017 – 501 Farwell Ave. Fond du Lac for the Minnick/Ratzel
2016 – 715 Park Street, Ripon for the Hartling Family
2016 – 471 W Division Street, Fond du Lac for the Xiong & Lee Family
2015 – 596 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac for the Morris Family
2014 – 141 Hamilton Place, Fond du Lac for the Schanilec Family
2013 – 120 Wolverton Avenue, Ripon for the Huar Family
2013 – 16 S. Hickory Street, Fond du Lac for the Steinke Family
2012 – 357 4th Street, Fond du Lac for the Wehner Family
2011 – 541 Lake Street, Fond du Lac for the Lee Family
2011 – 525 Montana Street, Fond du Lac for the Hagen Family
2010 – 459 S. Military Road, Fond du Lac for the Yang Family
2010 – 245 7th Street, Fond du Lac for the Moss Family
2009 – 35 W. Bank Street, Fond du Lac for the Schmitz Family
2008 – 479 S. Military Road, Fond du Lac for the McCoy Family
2008 – 154 E. 21st Street, Fond du Lac for the Elmhdati Family
2007 – 511 E. 4th Street, Fond du Lac for the Schneider Family
2007 – 351 E. 3rd Street, Fond du Lac for the Miller Family
2006 – 130 W. Division Street, Fond du Lac for the Leon Family
2006 – 150 W. Division Street, Fond du Lac for the Baublit Family
2006 – 57 S. Royal Avenue, Fond du Lac for the Kollmann Family
2005 – 838 Wisconsin Avenue, North Fond du Lac for the Sokolik Family
2005 – 842 Wisconsin Avenue, North Fond du Lac for the Reitz Family
2002 – 11 Winnebago Avenue, North Fond du Lac for the Thompson Family
2002 – 428 Scott Street, Ripon for the Rodriguez Family
2001 – 846 Wisconsin Avenue, North Fond du Lac for the Lobajeski Family
2000 – 104 Hamilton Place, Fond du Lac for the Bauer/Michels Family
1999 – 169 W. Arndt Street, Fond du Lac for the Blend Family
1998 – 141 Prairie Road, Fond du Lac for the Arellano Family
1998 – 137 Prairie Road, Fond du Lac
Habitat for Humanity Int. History
The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service.
At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.
The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on the loans. Building costs would be financed by a revolving fund called “The Fund for Humanity.”
The fund’s money would come from the new homeowners’ house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.
In 1968, Koinonia laid out 42 half-acre house sites with four acres reserved as a community park and recreational area. Capital was donated from around the country to start the work.
Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest. The basic model of Habitat for Humanity was begun.
In 1973, the Fullers decided to apply the Fund for Humanity concept in developing countries. The Fuller family moved to Mbandaka, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo.) The Fullers’ goal was to offer affordable yet adequate shelter to 2,000 people. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, the Fullers returned to the United States.
In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International as an organization was born at this meeting. The eight years that followed, vividly described in Millard Fuller’s book, “Love in the Mortar Joints,” proved that the vision of a housing ministry was workable. Faith, hard work and direction set HFHI on its successful course.
In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat’s ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat’s work across the nation. HFHI experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new affiliates around the country.
Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all.
Today, Habitat has helped build or repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than 3 million people around the world.