Northwoods Habitat for Humanity

It is amazing how a hammer and a few nails can change a life.  Sometimes people work hard, pay their bills on time, and do all the right things on the path to home ownership.  But it’s just not enough.  They just need a little help to make their dream a reality.

That’s where Habitat for Humanity comes in.  Over 75,000 Habitat homes were built across the world last year.  Our Bemidji area chapter builds at least one home per year and since their inception in 1990, they have provided homes to over 37 families. 

Northwoods Habitat for Humanity serves Beltrami and Clearwater Counties through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials.  They partner with families in need to build simple, decent housing.  The homes are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with no interest mortgages.  Habitat is not a give away program.  In addition to making a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowner families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their houses and the houses of others. 

Our local Habitat for Humanity funds a lot of their projects with proceeds from their Habitat ReStore.  This business recycles materials, appliances, furniture, etc, that are donated by contractors and individuals.  If you have not been there before, it is worth the trip.  They are located in the Industrial Park in Bemidji.  They have lots of windows and doors and inventory changes daily.  Purchasing recycled items is great for the environment and proceeds fund local Habitat projects. 

There are many ways you can volunteer for Northwoods Habitat for Humanity.  It is a great organization, changing the lives of many families throughout Clearwater and Beltrami County.  Contact them today to find out how you can help.   

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Construction – volunteers are need to assist with the building the home, including framing, shingling, painting.  Licensed contractors are needed for plumbing and electrical.
  • Non-Building Projects - volunteers are needed to answer phones, update databases, mailings and work at the ReStore building.
  • Committees- volunteers are needed to work with public relations, site selections, fundraising and family selection to name a few.  
  • For more information about Northwoods Habitat, Contact Geri Hickerson, Executive Director at 751-4649 or e-mail her at   
  •  For information about Habitat ReStore, Contact Steve Straser, manager at 444-6398.



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