December 1, 2020
And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.’ 1 Samuel 25:6
Home is where the heart is. It is also where we’ve spent more time than we ever imagined this year. Home is where we’re working and where our kids are learning. It’s where we gather with family and friends – virtually. For those of us fortunate enough to have room for at-home offices and classrooms, enough band width for multiple users, and a safe neighborhood for a daily walk, sheltering at home has been inconvenient, but not impossible. As we head into a holiday season likely to be without the same togetherness and sharing of traditions, we remain grateful for our comfortable homes.

For McLean County families who are already struggling, this year has been even more difficult. The daily uphill battle of providing affordable housing where their kids will be safe, is compounded by the stress of fitting work and school spaces into an already cramped 1-bedroom apartment. Many are essential workers, adding the fear of catching a deadly virus to everything else on their shoulders. They are spending most of their income just to put a roof over their children’s heads, with no extra for holiday foods or trimmings.

Everyone deserves a safe, decent, and affordable home of their own. Our mission at Habitat McLean County is to partner with local families to make that a reality.

You can empower a family this holiday season with your year-end gift. Your gift helps build a home, but more importantly, it creates a foundation on which a hard-working family will build a better future. It offers hope and dignity to one of your neighbors. Your gift provides stability and security. A place to be home for the holidays – and
every day.

On behalf of our current homeowners and those to come, thank you for your generosity and for continuing to build brighter futures and a stronger community. May your holiday season be safe and warm and full of blessings!
2020 Habitat McLean County partners L to R: Walls, Morris-Bush, and Guerra families
Giving Thanks, Giving Back
Support a local small business and Women Build when you shop for a cause this holiday season. 

Crossroads is a fair trade local business providing equal opportunity, living wages and sustainable living for artisans, their families and communities in poverty around the world.

Women Build is a woman-run team of dedicated Habitat McLean Co. volunteers who partner with one of our families every year to empower them to build a better future as they build a house together.

You can support both as you Give Thanks and Give Back.

On December 7th, mention Habitat Women Build when you check out
in-store at 428 N Main Street, Bloomington and 15% of your purchase
will be donated to Women Build.  
Type “Women Build” in the Notes section of online orders placed now until December 24 to donate 15% of your purchase.
Avoid shipping and handling charges by using curbside pick-up.