Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to join in partnership, building homes with families in need.
Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1993, and has built 35 homes in our service area with two to be added at the end of the 2017 build season. Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity’s service area includes all of Goodhue County, except Pine Island, plus Lake city and Mazeppa in Wabasha County. While 22 of the 35 homes are located in Red Wing we have 3 homes in Goodhue, 2 in Kenyon, 3 in Cannon Falls, 1 in Bellechester, 2 in Zumbrota, and 2 in Lake City.
All of the homes built since 2004 have been rated Five-Star or higher Energy Star homes with the total average cost of heating for the winter in 2011 was $152.
In 2011 Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity added an exterior home repair program called A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) to its services. A Brush with Kindness is a unique program that enable Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity to reach out to the community in an effort to sustain and improve existing homes throughout our county.
A drop site for new/used building materials was also added in 2011 to support Goodhue County’s effort to reduce building material waste in landfills. Items that are donated are sold to the public with all proceeds supporting Habitat for Humanity.