Who is Habitat for Humanity of Benton County, Inc.?
Habitat for Humanity of Benton County , Inc. is a non-denominational Christian housing ministry with the objective of eliminating poverty housing from within Benton County and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience as well as action. In addition to building houses, Habitat for Humanity helps to build relationships with families and the community that result in a sense of belonging to the community for the new homeowner.
Habitat for Humanity of Benton County was formed in 2000 from the merger of Rogers Habitat and Sugar Creek Habitat which served the Bentonville school district. The two affiliates decided to join and become Habitat for Humanity of Benton County, Inc. By combining the two affiliates, it made obtaining donations and grants easier and building homes in Benton County that much more efficient and cost effective. This also helped to centralize the operation for our volunteers in terms of travel for them and expense for the new affiliate.
Since that merger in 2000, we will have built over 27 homes and opened a very successful ReStore. The ReStore sells used and new building materials to the public at greatly reduced retail prices. Proceeds from the ReStore are used to reduce our operating expense and to help fund the building of more Habitat homes.
In December of 2007 we celebrated the completion of our 50th home to be built in Benton County. This home was built in the Habitat Trails in Rogers and was our fourth home in the Trails. In January of 2008, we dedicated home #51 in the Trails to make five homes now completed in Habitat Trails.
At the end of 2009, we had completed a total of 57 homes. That means that we now have 175 Habitat family members whose lives have been changed forever!
We completed three homes in 2010. Our March build in Bentonville, our June build in Centerton, and in September we built our first home in Pea Ridge.
In 2011 we completed two builds. Our build in Centerton and our Apostles Build in Bentonville.
In 2012 we built three homes: One in Pea Ridge, one in Rogers at Habitat Trails and our Apostles Build in Bentonville.
In 2013 Habitat saw its biggest change in recent years through its transition into a 14,000 sq. ft. facility that houses both the Habitat offices and ReStore! This new facility will be instrumental in helping Habitat to build more homes in the years to come and impact more lives in Benton County.
In 2014 we built one new home in our Habitat Trails and refurbished one in Rogers.
In 2015 we have dedicated one new house in Bentonville, refurbished one in our Habitat Trails neighborhood and another on 4th Street in Rogers. We started our last house of the year in Bentonville the first week of October. This home will be dedicated in December.
2016 saw three families being put in homes – two families in Centerton and one in Bentonville.
Our 2017 plans include building one home in Centerton for a single mom with three children. This is our Apostles build which is sponsored by Thrivent Financial and area churches. We will build another home in Bentonville for a single mom with 2; and one home in our Habitat Trails Neighborhood in Rogers for a single man.