Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity was created in 2018 by the merging of two affiliates. Rochester Area and Steele-Waseca Area merged together to create one affiliate that serves 5 counties. The merge has allowed the affiliate to grow in the community and help more members in the community.
Rochester Area: Since 1990 Rochester Area worked to eliminate poverty housing from our area by providing responsible homeownership opportunities in partnership with working families.
-Built or rehabbed over 70 homes in Rochester, Kasson-Mantorville, Pine Island, Stewartville and Dodge Center
-Hundreds of children are tucked into bed in a safe, secure home every night in homes built by the community through Habitat for Humanity.
Steele-Waseca Area: Since 1993 Steele-Waseca Area has built 23 homes and remodeled 2 homes. The affiliate has also helped support community initiatives such as Buddy Bench projects in both Ellendale and Owatonna.
Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide. The idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, found by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The concept of "partnership housing" centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowner's house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create "The Fund for Humanity," which would then be used to build more homes.
Though times have changed, the build site locations have grown in number, but the very real change that families today who partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Thanks in no small part to the personal involvement of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn and the awareness they have raised, Habitat now works in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries and has helped 6.8 million people achieve strength, stability, and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.