Fiston and Nadege's family have been anxiously awaiting two important events: the completion of their new Habitat home and the birth of their third child. 2021 started off with the arrival of their son, John, and they will soon be moving into their new Habitat home this spring. We recently spent some time with them touring their newly completed home and presenting them with gifts from our community, including the keys to their home!

Fiston and Nadge are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and came to the US through the Diversity Visa program. They have a daughter, Fistina, and two sons, James and John. Fistina says, "Thank you to everyone who is building our house. They make us feel welcome in our community."
Fiston and Nadege's future home is a Habitat renovation project that was started in summer 2020. Some updated features include a remodeled kitchen, newly finished basement to add additional living space, construction of a deck, and installation of new flooring throughout the home. 
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with long-term Habitat supporter and community partner, John Barr. We came to know John through his volunteer work on construction with First Presbyterian Church. Since then, he has remained involved with our organization as a member of our Interfaith Builds committee as well as through the Consultation of Religious Communities where John currently serves as Communications Secretary.
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is working together with the South District Neighborhood Association (SDNA) to deliver Iowa City Community School District school meals to children's homes in the South District.     
To support the ICCSD free Grab & Go Meal Program, IVHFH and the SDNA are working together to ensure that all children living in the South District have access to breakfast and lunch combined, delivered at their door step.

As we quickly approach the 100 meals a day threshold, we are in need of more volunteer drivers to continue to deliver those meals on a daily basis, so we can continue to expand while making sure every meal gets delivered on time every day of the week.

For more information, please visit the SDNA Facebook page or contact the SDNA Grab & Go Lunches Delivery Program Coordinator at solano@iowavalleyhabitat.org.
The Jane Hagedorn Women Build committee will be celebrating International Women Build Week March 8-15. Thank you to Lowes for sponsoring Habitat for Humanity’s International #WomenBuild Week, supporting our local efforts and raising awareness about the global need for women’s access to safe and affordable housing. We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and our website for this weeklong event. Join us as we raise our voices in support of women’s empowerment, unity, awareness, and action. Volunteers are pictured here as they participate in a virtual volunteer activity decorating the studs, or 2x4s, that will frame the Jane Hagedorn Women Build. We can't wait to share more about this fun activity!
We are seeking an AmeriCorps service member to work construction in spring and summer. This position is perfect for someone needing a temporary position before going back to school.

Visit this website or email jlittle@iowahabitat.org for more information about this position.
  • March 8-15: International Women Build Week
  • April 17, 9:00 am: Dave Schuldt Memorial Build Groundbreaking Ceremony; 2653 Blazing Star Drive, Iowa City. More details coming on this project honoring our friend and supporter, Dave Schuldt.
  • May 2-9: Christine Grant Run/Walk/Build Week. Run, walk, or do an activity of your choice anytime and place this week! Or volunteer with Habitat. Support the Jane Hagedorn Women Build by raising funds and awareness during this week.
  • March Volunteer Shifts: Sign up to volunteer on construction or in the ReStore this month!