Habitat Happenings | July 2019
Hello from our Executive Director
Dear Friend of Habitat,

The end of June marked the end of another fiscal year for Habitat for Humanity Lakeside. As I reflect back on the year we had, there are a few different things which stand out. They include:

  • Having the opportunity to work in partnership with 30 individuals through our Home Buyer, Home Repair and Rock the Block programs to provide simple, decent and affordable housing solutions to improve their quality of life
  • Involving over 420 wonderful volunteers in our mission who contributed over 8,500 hours
  • Celebrating our 25th Anniversary as a Habitat affiliate and have a very successful "Tooling Through the Twenties" Gala to celebrate the occasion
  • Working with our Board of Directors and staff to develop a new Strategic Plan which will drive our work and increase our capacity to serve more families through our housing programs over the next five years
  • Involving 43 students and interns in our mission from two colleges and five area high schools and providing them with construction, retail, business management or human services learning opportunities in our office, our ReStore and on our construction sites
  • Learning about, strengthening and creating new partnerships and collaborations with the local faith community, other nonprofits, the City of Sheboygan and numerous local contractors

These are just a few of the highlights from the last fiscal year. I look forward to sharing more of them at our Volunteer Appreciation event and in our Annual Report in the coming months. In the meantime, please read on to learn what's new as we enter our new fiscal year.


Sarah Beckman
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside
Join our Monthly Giving Club
Our new fiscal year at Habitat for Humanity Lakeside began on July 1, 2019 and will run through June 30, 2020. During the month of July, we are encouraging our supporters to sign up to become monthly investors in our mission. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the support of donors like YOU to carry out our mission and it is our hope to increase the number of monthly donors that we have giving to us in an effort to create a continuous monthly cash flow for our operations. Will you become a monthly donor today?
Affiliate News
Construction/Housing Updates
Construction is moving along at 2725 Wilgus Avenue in Sheboygan (see photos below). In the coming weeks, the roof will be finished, subs will complete their work and Habitat will resume our work with volunteers. The home will be complete for future homeowner Robin and her two children to move in to just in time for the new school year. We can't wait to welcome her home! In the meantime, we'd like to shout out and say thank you to our financial sponsors and in-kind partners for this home (see below). A typical home we build can cost up to $175,000. When we factor in-kind partnerships, that drops to around $135,000. Our financial sponsors are investors in the sense that they help fund the up front costs for our homes (as does our ReStore). Habitat then does financing in house, offering a 20-30 year no interest mortgage to families who meet the qualifications for our program. When our homeowners make their mortgage payments, they too become investors in our mission as their payments are cycled back into the upfront costs for other families receiving a hand up (not a hand out) through one of our housing programs. If you're interested in knowing more about our financing model or how you can become an investor in our mission to support what we're doing in Sheboygan County, please reach out to our Executive Director, Sarah Beckman at sbeckman@habitatlakeside.com or at 920-458-3399 ext. 302.
In-Kind Partnerships

  • A generous family donated the land
  • DOW donates rigid foam for exterior insulation
  • GAF donates shingles for the roof
  • Focus on Energy provides a Nest Thermostat
  • IBEW Local 494 donates all electrical labor
  • Kohler donates all kitchen & bathroom fixtures
  • Lakeshore HVAC donates materials/labor for the HVAC system
  • Poly Vinyl Co. / Color Guard donates the railing system
  • Schneider Electric donates the electrical panel
  • Valspar donates all of the paint for the home
  • Whirlpool donates an energy efficient stove and refrigerator
  • Yale donates interior & exterior locks and knobs
On June 10, 2019, we welcomed Emily Kretz to the Habitat for Humanity Lakeside team as a Summer VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America).  She'll be serving with us in this volunteer role for 40 hours per week for a full 10 weeks this summer and will be helping with Rock the Block neighborhood outreach and a crew leader recruitment program.

Emily is an Oostburg native and has shared the following about herself: 
"I just graduated from the University of Kentucky (UK) with my BA in Psychology and Social Work and I'll be returning to UK this fall to complete my master's degree in social work. I'm excited to learn a lot this summer at Habitat as it's a different role from my internships I've had so far through school. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and playing with my guinea pig, Nemo."

If you'd like to reach out to Emily to welcome her to Habitat Lakeside, she can be reached at 920-458-3399 ext. 307 or ekretz@habitatlakeside.com.
On June 12, 2019, Habitat for Humanity International launched Cost of Home, an advocacy campaign to improve home affordability for 10 million people in the United States. An excerpt from the press release is included below. CLICK HERE to read more about the campaign.

ATLANTA (June 12, 2019) – Nearly 19 million households across the United States are spending at least half of their income on a place to live, often foregoing basic necessities like adequate food and health care to make ends meet. The stability that housing should bring continues to remain out of reach for many people.

In response to that challenge, the global nonprofit housing leader Habitat for Humanity is launching its first-ever nationwide advocacy campaign in the United States. Through the   Cost of Home campaign , Habitat will mobilize volunteers, community members and partners throughout the country to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs.

“For more than 40 years, Habitat has been making safe, decent and affordable housing a reality, one family at a time,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The challenge in front of us obliges us to do even more. Not only will Habitat lift our hammers to build affordable homes, we will lift our voices as one to declare that every family should be able to afford the cost of home.”

Locally, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside, is one of over 200 Habitat affiliates nationwide that has signed on in support of the national campaign.
On June 25, 2019, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies released their 2019 State of the Nation’s Housing Report. This report paints a detailed portrait of the U.S. housing landscape and outlines critical data for analyzing the nation’s housing need. Such data as, 1 in 6 U.S. households pay half or more of their income on a place to live.  

Habitat for Humanity International, through the Cost of Home Advocacy Campaign, was excited to be a sponsor of this year’s report. While the report finds that the number of households paying 30 percent or more of their income on housing is slowly dropping, there is still more work to be done. Too many low-income renters and homeowners still face acute affordability challenges and new home construction is falling short of the need, especially as the stock of private low-cost rental homes continues to plummet. Another major concern is that the white-black homeownership gap widened over the past two years, even as the nation’s overall homeownership rate inched up.  

The report clarifies how, if we’re concerned about affordability and helping everyone have a fair chance at homeownership, we need to pay attention to the whole housing ladder, including renters with the lowest incomes. The report also points to several types of policy change that could help. CLICK HERE to access the report and watch the recorded hour-long release event that our Habitat for Humanity international CEO, Jonathan Reckford, was part of.
Upcoming Events
Dunk our Board President, Kyle Whelton this Sunday, July 7, 2019

What: Sheboygan Falls Ducktona Event Dunk Tank
When: Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Where: River Park, 375 Buffalo St & 1st St in Sheboygan Falls

You are invited to attend the Sheboygan Falls Ducktona event on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at River Park in Sheboygan Falls where our Board President, Kyle Whelton, will be a sitting duck (pun intended) in their charity dunk tank. Make a donation and try to dunk Kyle all while supporting the mission of Habitat. All proceeds raised during this time will be donated by the event organizers to our mission.
SAVE THE DATE for an educational event that will inform community members, business leaders and elected officials on the state of affordable housing in our community.

What: Cost of Home - Affordable Housing in Sheboygan County
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: Weill Center, 826 N 8th St, Sheboygan

You are invited to join us for a morning of networking, refreshments and education on the state of affordable housing in our community. Hear from our Executive Director and other local leaders as they present data on the cost of home, affordable housing challenges, and affordable housing solutions in the works. A full line up of speakers and registration information will be announced later in July.

This event is being organized by Habitat for Humanity Lakeside in conjunction with the launch of our new five year strategic plan which has a hefty goal of serving 600 individuals through our housing solutions over the next five years! We hope many of you will be able to join us at this event to learn more about our goals and what others in the community are doing to help with the Cost of Home for our low to moderate income community members.
SAVE THE DATE for our 2019 Rock the Block Event

When: Thursday, September 12 and Saturday, September 14
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: End Park Neighborhood on Sheboygan's North Side

Our 2019 Rock the Block event is a two-day event for the first time ever! It will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 and Saturday, September 14, 2019 in End Park Neighborhood on Sheboygan's north side. Volunteer sign-up will open in August for a variety of roles including event preparation, registration, lunch helpers, project volunteers and more! Crew leader sign-up is already open and is described in our Current Volunteer Needs below. In the meantime, check out our event flyer and sponsorship form by clicking the buttons below.
SAVE THE DATE for our "Tooling Through the Twenties" Gala
When: Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Pine Hills Country Club, 4914 Superior Ave, Sheboygan

Formal save the dates will be mailed and individual ticket sales will open in early August but please mark your calendars for our second annual "Tooling Through the Twenties" Gala now. We are also seeking Corporate Sponsors and taking table reservations now. Click the orange button below below to download our sponsorship form and ensure you are one of the first to commit.
ReStore News
Sheboygan ReStore l 1911 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081 l 920-452-4175 l www.sheboyganrestore.org
Fourth of July Hours in the ReStore
During the week of Fourth of July, our ReStore operating hours will be as follows:
  • Wednesday, July 3, 2019: open from 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019: CLOSED for Fourth of July
  • Friday, July 5, 2019: open from 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019: open from 9:00am-4:00pm
*open on Tuesday from 10:00am-4:30pm for drop offs and pick ups only
Furniture Galore
Come in to check out the revamped furniture section of our ReStore. We've recently moved things around to make your shopping experience better. Right now we have tons of couches, chairs, desks, dressers and kitchen sets in stock. Our inventory changes daily so be sure to stop in on a regular basis to see what's new. You can also follow our ReStore Facebook Page News Feed by Clicking Here as we try to post photos of what's new in the store a couple times per week.
Seeking Do it Yourself (DIY) Enthusiasts
From the Manager's Desk: We are currently seeking individuals who enjoy decorating and do it yourself (DIY) projects to come into the ReStore and assist us in creating a welcoming feel based on the time of year or the holiday season. Individuals should have a knack for creating decor, repurposing items that could be found in our ReStore or decorating in general. If this sounds like you or something you'd be interested in helping with or exploring further, please reach out to Thom Woitas, ReStore Manager at 920-458-3399 ext. 308 or twoitas@habitatlakeside.com.
Volunteer News
Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event is scheduled for Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:00am at Wade House. All volunteers including committee members, Boards members, ReStore volunteers, construction site volunteers, office volunteers and event volunteers are invited to come to this event to celebrate the accomplishments of our previous fiscal year. During the event there will be a complimentary meal for you and your guest/family, volunteer awards and a program highlighting the accomplishments you made possible through your service to us. Please RSVP to Emily by Monday, July 22 using the contact information to the right. If you are in need of a ride to the event or are willing to give someone a ride to the event, please let Emily know that as well. We hope to see you there!
We would like to recognize and thank the following individuals for the hours they put into our organization during the month of June. Each of these individuals have contributed 30+ hours during this time. If you see or know one of them, be sure to thank them for their support of our mission!!
  • Hannah Baur - 75 hours donated in the ReStore
  • Heidi Hediger - 64 hours donated in the ReStore
  • Clarence Goetsch - 37 hours donated on the build site
Each month, we will be selecting a Habitat for Humanity Lakeside volunteer to share their volunteer experience in our newsletter. Our mission would not be possible without you and we think it's important for you to inspire others who also give their time to us. Here's Roger, who has been a ReStore volunteer for a number of years.

“Being in this store, working with nice people, and loving the work that I do, that’s my favorite part about volunteering. We are helping the community and we know that it’s working, and that’s all I ever wanted.”
– Roger, ReStore volunteer
Current Volunteer Needs
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside is always in need of volunteers. Our biggest needs this month are listed below. Unfortunately, we currently have a wait list for build site days so there are no openings listed (except Rock the Block Crew Leaders and Lunch Providers). Please reach out to Emily Nuernberg, Volunteer & Special Events Manager at 920-458-3399 ext. 301 or enuernberg@habitatlakeside.com if you are willing to help out!
Volunteers Needed for Brat Days
For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside has been selected as a Brat Days Charity Challenge partner. This means that we are seeking volunteers to help fill Habitat shifts we are asked to fill. Shifts are available on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 and range from collecting tickets to working in the food/beer tents. Please reach out to Emily using the contact information above if you are willing to sign up for a shift on the Habitat team. All volunteers get a free meal and drink while volunteering at the event.
"Tooling Through the Twenties" Gala Committee Members
We are looking for individuals to join our event planning committee for our annual "Tooling Through the Twenties" Gala. Whether your experience is in planning events, graphic design, community outreach, or you just have a general desire to get more involved in our mission, we would love to set up a time to tell you more about this committee in person. The general time commitment is 1-3 hours per month which includes a meeting about once per month in the evenings and outside work such as volunteer recruitment, entertainment research, sponsorship/raffle/auction solicitation and event night participation. This year's event will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Emily using the information above.
Rock the Block Crew Leaders
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside is looking to recruit 10-15 Crew Leaders for our 2019 Rock the Block event on Thursday, September 12 and Saturday, September 14. A Crew Leader is an individual who is skilled at certain tasks such as porch repairs, exterior painting, landscaping or brush removal and is willing to lead a small group with this task during the event. Our Construction Manager will meet with you prior to the event to walk through the punch list and tool list for the task to make sure you feel prepared to oversee volunteers in completing the task assigned to you for the day. Crew leaders must be able to commit to a full shift which runs from 8:00-4:00 on Thursday and 8:00-4:00 on Saturday. If this is something you are interested in or would like to learn more about, please contact Emily using the contact information above.
ReStore Painting Crews
Our ReStore is looking for individuals or small groups of 2-6 people to help with a large painting project going on in the ReStore. No painting skills are needed however volunteers must be comfortable with climbing a ladder to paint. We will provide all of the supplies and an orientation to the project. Interested individuals or groups can sign up for a 2-4 hour shift on Mondays & Tuesdays between 8:30am-4:30pm, on Wednesdays-Fridays between 10:00am-6:00pm and on Saturdays between 9:00am-4:00pm. Reach out to Emily using the contact information above if you are interested in learning more or signing up.
Office Data Entry
Our office is in need of individual volunteers who are interested in coming into our office to assist with data entry of information into our volunteer and fundraising database. Because this task requires training, we do ask for volunteers interested in this role to be able to commit to at least two hours of time per week between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to Emily using the contact information above.
Lunch Providers
Do you enjoying cooking or are you part of a group that is looking for an opportunity to give back to the community together? This is a great opportunity for individuals, church groups, families and student groups to give back to our mission. We feed volunteers on the build sites on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and we feed volunteer crews in the ReStore when we have a full day project. Right now, we are in need of lunch providers for the following dates:
  • Friday, July 19, 2019 (food for 10)
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 (food for 10)
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 (food for 10)

Our volunteers love our homemade and restaurant donated meals. Please reach out to Emily using the contact information above if you're interested and able to help fill any of these dates for us.
Check out these Snapshots from the last month!
We've been busy on the build site! St. Luke's United Methodist Church posed for a picture on May 31
UnitedOne Credit Union joined us for a ReStore volunteer day during their annual day of service on June 12
We welcomed Sheboygan Area Nonprofit Network to our ReStore for Coffee with the Boss with our very own Executive Director as the featured boss on June 27
Through Shelter, we empower!

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Individuals and families all over Sheboygan County are ready to break free from substandard housing by financing a repair or building and purchasing their own decent, affordable home - but we can't build without  you .
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside | PO Box 973, Sheboygan, WI 53082 | 920-458-3399
Habitat ReStore | 1911 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081 | 920-452-4175
loveinaction@habitatlakeside.com | www.habitatlakeside.com