Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Habitat McLean Family!
As we reflect on the blessings of Thanksgiving and move into the end of the year with Christmas and New Year's, it got me thinking about all that we are thankful for as a Habitat Family and all we've accomplished together with supporters like you.

  • In February, a group of Habitat McLean staff and supporters went to Nicaragua to build as part of a Habitat International Global Village trip.
  • In May, the Illinois State University Campus Chapter received the American Democracy Project Civil Engagement award as the best Registered Student Organization.
  • Also in May, Habitat Board President-Elect Alberto Espinosa was awarded the Ben Keeley Scholarship through the Department of Sociology at ISU.
  • In June, our ReStore hosted a Grand Re-Opening for our 12,000 square foot expansion to allow us to continue to build more homes in our community.
  • In July, Habitat McLean was named a Top Tither in the United States for affiliates serving populations between 100,000-250,000.
  • Also in July, the ISU/IWU Joint Collegiate Chapter was awarded a $10,000 matching grant from State Farm Insurance.
  • In August, the ISU/IWU Joint Collegiate Chapter broke ground on their 25th Collegiate House.
  • In October, our Women Build chapter organized a sold out Bunco Blitz fundraiser to support future women-led builds.
  • In November, longtime volunteer Gary Klass was awarded the Habitat Hero Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to our local partner families.

These are just a few of the many highlights and landmark successes we've had because of our wonderful donors, volunteers, and Partner Families. Thank you from all of us at Habitat McLean for a great year and here's to many more ahead of us!

Merry Christmas,
Jim Walters
Executive Director
Join us for two December House Blessings!
What's New At The ReStore?
Our ReStore has been a primary resource for Ryan, who founded That Kid Place, an organization that uses sensory therapy for autistic children. Read how upcycling ReStore treasure has enabled Ryan to create a sensory therapy pirate ship and his long-term plans.
Our friends at Ecology Action Center shared a great post about our ReStore's impact on diverting items from our local landfills:

"Over the past four years alone, the Bloomington ReStore has helped divert well over 260 tons from the landfill solely through their recycling efforts. In addition, they have diverted over 20,000 tons a year on average over the past three years through their reuse initiatives. Over these three years, 100,000 individual items have been kept out of the landfill as a result. With support from local donors and shoppers, the ReStore has brought in over $3.3 million on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of McLean County as of 2017. 

The ReStore does not plan to slow down anytime soon. In fact, their trajectory plan includes being able to build ten sustainable homes per year, within five years.Growth of the ReStore has supported growth of the local Habitat for Humanity mission in continuing to pay it forward in McLean County. They encourage you to join them in their mission of paying it forward, whether it be by donating, shopping, or volunteering with them anytime throughout the year." 
We are thrilled to partner with Home Sweet Home Ministries and their Bridge of Hope and Rapid Rehousing programs . When community members facing homelessness participate in these programs to secure housing, they will earn ReStore credit to furnish and decorate their new living situations and make them feel at home.
Learn more about Women Build
Thank you to Adrianne Cornejo, Realtor with ReMax Choice for helping us spread the word about how important it is for our community members to have access to decent, affordable housing. Our Women Build Chapter does such an amazing job building a wonderful home each year alongside a hardworking partner family like Adrienne White. Watch the video to the right for an inside look.