Newsletter
May 2020
Partnerships that Strengthen our Community
At Iowa Valley Habitat, we like so many are adapting and continue to work with compassion and hope (and safety!). We are balancing how best to assist our community members through this time while also considering what our organization may look like in the future. For the past two months, we have directed much of our efforts to support other agencies providing much-needed services like food delivery and rapid re-housing. To continue our work of improving housing stability through affordable homeownership, we have also completed and sold both of our new affordable homes in Hills, are finishing up a rehab in Iowa City, and continue to complete Helping Hands projects. Although we are unsure when we might get back to building new affordable homes, our greatest goal at Habitat throughout this strange time remains the same: to lovingly work in partnership, for the betterment of all in our community.

-Article written by Gabe Martin, IVHFH Community Outreach Director
Thank you! We miss you!

Things have not been the same without seeing and talking to our supporters each day. This time of year, we could be working each week with more than 100 volunteers building and repairing homes, working in our office, and operating our ReStore. We are hoping that in this time of crisis, you and your loved ones have all been staying safe and healthy. Whether you donate your time, resources, money, or talents THANK YOU! We could not accomplish what we do without you. We are looking forward to a time when you are working alongside our staff and our homeowners, sharing your your bright shining smiles, having friendly face-to-face conversations with us. Until then, know we are thinking of you each and every day.
ReStore Opening Soon!

 ReStore will be reopening on Tuesday, June 2nd at 9:00 am. We are excited to continue providing access to low-cost materials while raising money for our organization. In the meantime, we are hard at work making preparations for shopping and donating to be as safe as possible for customers, donors, and staff. We have also started accepting select donations. For more information, follow our Facebook page for updates or email us at restore@iowavalleyhabitat.org or call 319-338-5687.
Spring Updates from Helping Hands

Closing the office has slowed our progress on repair projects, but our Helping Hands crew has remained busy supporting safe, decent, and affordable housing. Last month, we fought off a spring snow shower to construct a ramp for a family in Tiffin in partnership with Aging Services. The homeowner was so grateful (and thoughtful) that he salted the walkway before the construction crew started its work. And earlier this month, Helping Hands staff partnered with ReStore and RVAP to provide furniture for a household in our service area. Read more...
Homes, Communities, Hope, + YOU

Our staff and board of directors have been working on a plan to ensure we can get back to operating the programs that address the housing needs of neighbors right here in our community. The closure of our ReStore, cancellation of fundraising events and activities, and more have reduced our current capacity. Now more than ever, we need your help. Your financial support today means we can get back to helping more of our neighbors like Christie.

"I didn’t qualify for the rural programs living in the city, and I didn’t meet the requirements or have the income to manage a traditional loan. [Through Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity's Helping Hands program], the old, unsafe ramp leading up to our front door was dismantled and then rebuilt. This has allowed me the freedom to attend the University of Iowa and be present in face-to-face classes, be more adventurous with my daughter, and feel more a part of the community.

Projects like this don’t just positively impact the individual, they positively impact families, neighborhoods, and larger communities as a whole. [Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is] our cornerstone to a community like Iowa City."

We have connected people, we have helped our neighbors, and we have always been there alongside families as they fight back from adversity. But we have only done all of this with your help. Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is needed now more than ever. And — now more than ever — we need you.
Help us continue to work toward a world where everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live. Make a donation today.
Aging in Place Forums
In news from the community, the Johnson County Livable Community Housing Action Team is hosting a series of webinars that will provide attendees with information related to aging. The webinars are free and open to people of all ages. They will be held the second Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm. To register,  click here  or view the webinars through the  Johnson County Social Services Facebook  page.