We are Moving to a Home of Our Own!
Habitat’s mission is all about providing strength, stability and shelter for families. Because of the generosity of the Commerce Parkway property owners, Habitat was blessed with the unexpected opportunity to purchase our own building along with an adjacent one acre parcel for future growth! We now can practice what we preach and stabilize our organization with a Home of Our Own at 1200 Commerce Parkway, just off I-75, near John Deere on Findlay’s west side.
Since 1999 Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County has provided local families the opportunity and security of homeownership. The Home of Our Own campaign will provide the stable foundation Habitat has been longing for; it will allow Habitat to operate from a position of greater strength as we extend our mission to serve the next generation of Hancock County families
Now we need YOU! This demolition and remodel project has only just begun and is only achievable with volunteer help!
CLICK HERE to VOLUNTEER or email [email protected] and sign up to swing a hammer, knock down some walls, electrical, cleanup or whatever special contribution you can make to help us demo. Individuals or groups of 5 to 50 (it’s a big building) are welcome and appreciated.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Habitat For Humanity Home of Our Own Capital Campaign
WHY MOVE FROM YOUR CURRENT LOCATION?
- We rent our current campus, which is held in a family trust. Upon the death of the elderly building owner, the property we occupy will immediately be sold. This puts Habitat operations at risk if forced to vacate our current premises with minimal notice. It is in the best interest of our staff, volunteers and partner families to develop and implement a proactive plan.
- Purchasing a Home of Our Own has been at the core of our long-range plan for the past two years. A thorough cost-benefit analysis conducted by our leadership revealed that investing in our current location was not the best long-term option because:
• Recurring minor and major flood events have repeatedly interrupted Habitat for Humanity operations; the 2017 flash flood emphasized the significant, costly risks the current location poses to our day-to-day work that would be nearly impossible to fully rectify.
• Difficult and dangerous ingress/egress from Tiffin Avenue due to heavy traffic and a single shared driveway with commercial business enterprises compromise the safety of our customers, donors, volunteers and staff.
• The current Tiffin Avenue campus is landlocked, offering no room for growth and no opportunity for alternate ingress/egress. • • • Parking is insufficient for our needs.
• Dividing donated goods, staff, volunteers and operations between the two separate buildings of our current campus creates duplicative efforts and inefficient systems.
WHY BUY THIS BUILDING?
- We help our partner families understand that home ownership is an important step to self-reliance and stability; the same is true for Habitat for Humanity.
- Owning our building gives Habitat a Home of Our Own. We can put down roots in a safe, secure building, without worrying about when the rent will go up or if the landlord will find better opportunities for revenue from the campus we now occupy.
- Owning 1200 Commerce Parkway with a 20-year note is half the cost monthly of leasing on Tiffin Avenue.
- ReStore is an important part of our financial foundation. Since opening in 2010, ReStore has generated a steady cash flow and continues to grow, generating 38 percent of our annual revenue by selling donated home goods, furniture and appliances.
- The current campus configuration requires us to divide ReStore products and operations between two buildings – which is inefficient for staff and confusing for customers.
- Growth in donations supports growth in sales, allowing us to expand our mission to serve families needing safe, secure and affordable housing.
- Easy accessibility from I-75, coupled with the commercial and residential growth on the west side of Findlay, will offer an expanded market for ReStore customers and donors.
- The new location will place all Habitat operations, staff and volunteers under one roof, bringing significant efficiencies in partner family interactions, customer service, logistics, processing, and utilities. It will provide:
- Dedicated workspace for home goods renovation and repurposing processes
- A spacious, insulated, temperature controlled (heated/air-conditioned) showroom
- Improved ease of access to campus for customers and donors
- Ample, handicap-accessible parking.
WHY DO YOU NEED THAT MUCH SPACE?
Habitat would be right-sizing our operations with the move to a new 23,000-square-foot building.
To meet operational needs:
- One comprehensive ReStore conditioned showroom of appropriate size and dimension
- Larger, dedicated donation intake area for easier, safer donations drop-off
- Efficient work area for sorting, cleaning and repairing donated items
- Storage and staging area for construction materials
- Sufficient parking spaces for customers, visitors, staff and volunteers with designated space for Habitat’s trucks, trailers and equipment
- Easy, safe ingress and egress of the property for donors, customers, volunteers and staff
To meet administrative and community needs:
- Office space for administration, volunteer recruitment and construction staff and services
- Dedicated meeting space to provide partner family financial and home ownership education, community events, construction and repair training for volunteers
- Multipurpose space for training (volunteers, crew leaders, staff), meeting (staff, board, team, committees) and events (community outreach, volunteer appreciation, family networking)
HOW WILL MY MONEY BE USED?
- Your generosity will support the purchase of the building and property for a Home of Our Own, complete necessary renovations needed to bring it to operational status and complete relocation to it.
- Sufficient funds will be earmarked to ensure stability by providing a six-month operational reserve and also creating a maintenance fund for the new building
HOW WILL OWNING A BUILDING BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY?
- Our three-year strategic plan focuses on building stability by implementing exactly what we teach our partner families: decrease debt, prioritize expenditures and invest in ourselves first.
- We will pay off our mortgage as quickly as possible while maintaining our current programming model (two new home builds, one home rehabilitation, 15-20 critical home repairs, and ongoing community education). This will mitigate the unnecessary financial strain and uncertainty of our current location.
- Having a Home of Our Own allows us to cultivate strength and stability for our own organization. Stabilizing our operations now will position us to serve more families in the future.