How We Started
It began in 1976 with a vision. . .
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, open to people from all walks of life, with a mission of eliminating poverty housing and making simple, decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. Since its inception, over 800,000 homes have been completed in partnership with 4 million Partner Family members in 3,000 communities in 70 countries around the world. To learn more about what Habitat for Humanity International, visit their website Habitat for Humanity has been accurately described as "a hand-up, not a hand-out." Habitat purposefully works in partnership WITH deserving families, who also contribute to Habitat in a number of ways. Selected Habitat families not only pay back their no-interest loan, but each adult in the Partner Family must also work on "Sweat Equity" hours, in order to purchase a Habitat home. For more information on who qualifies or how to apply for a home with North Central Iowa Habitat for Humanity, please visit the Home Ownership section of our website.
Cerro Gordo Area Habitat for Humanity was started in Mason City by members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in 1994. For several years the all-volunteer affiliate built one or two houses each year. During the spring of 1999, with the addition of Franklin, Winnebago, Worth and Hancock counties, we became Habitat for Humanity North Central Iowa. In October of 2004, the Board of Directors hired a full time Executive Director with the goal of helping more partner families by increasing building capacity. In 2008, we included Wright County into our service area. To date, we have helped 50 families achieve their dream of homeownership throughout our six county area.