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What We Do

Emporia Area Habitat builds Foundations, Homes, and Lives.

Curtis and Winona Rhoades founded the Emporia Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 1989. The first house was completed in 1991. Our organization tithes a portion of all fundraising dollars to help eliminate poverty housing internationally. Emporia Area Habitat challenges people of compassion through volunteer labor, building skills, management expertise, and donation to build houses with the help of each homeowner.

Family Support for Habitat Homeowners

The Family Support committee is available to our homeowners in many ways. While the house is being built, the committee provides food for Saturday workdays, transportation, advice, and answers questions. Classes on personal finance, home management are provided. The committee arranges the house dedication ceremony when a home is completed and turned over to the homeowner. It is always an emotional time for the new homeowner. The family is remembered on special occasions and the holidays. For six months after the home is turned over to the family, the committee checks with them regularly.

Habitat Success Stories

Jennifer, Habitat Homeowner

“I’ve had an amazing year building my Habitat home! I can’t say thank you enough to all of the volunteers, donors and Habitat staff who are helping me accomplish the impossible dream of homeownership. We’re scheduled to close on our home right before Christmas and if the timing is right we’d love to put up…

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Lyndsay, Habitat homeowner

“If I hadn’t found Habitat, we would still be in that one-bedroom apartment. And it wasn’t the best of conditions. While constructing the house, I got to know my neighbors. We built each other’s homes, and you can’t get much closer than that. The biggest difference overall is that general sense of security. Just knowing that it’s ours and we make…

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