We are pleased to present our annual report highlighting these accomplishments. With your steadfast commitment in 2022, Morris Habitat served 90 families with housing solutions in Morris and Middlesex counties and the Greater Plainfield area. This included 40 homes under construction, which means we will be able to close on 26 homes in 2023 — doubling our previous annual efforts!
Adopting new ideas and cutting-edge technologies enables Morris Habitat not just to work more efficiently and effectively, but to reach more families, more quickly. These hardworking families are the reason we do what we do every day.
Reframing our Story – Stronger Together
The last year at Morris Habitat for Humanity was one of transformation and growth. Throughout 2021, we reframed our story and found – time and again – that we are stronger together.
Morris Habitat helped 101 families with housing solutions in 2021 – the most in our 36-year history – from Old Bridge and Plainfield to Randolph and Roxbury. The ReStore, which helps fund our homes, expanded its e-commerce business and had its strongest year. We engaged thousands of volunteers and partners at our build sites, office, ReStore, and virtual events. We also assisted neighbors with donations of food, furniture, and refurbished laptops.
Whether you volunteered at a home site, helped in our office, joined a virtual event, or donated – thank you! You helped us move closer to the Habitat vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Morris Habitat looks forward to continuing our work together in 2022 and the years to come.
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Home is a Safe Haven
For many of us during 2020, home became the center of our lives. Our homes provided more than shelter – they became our offices, schools, gyms, and entertainment centers.
But for far too many of our neighbors, a healthy, decent, affordable home remains out of reach. Despite the pandemic challenges of the past year, Morris Habitat never stopped working to build homes, communities, and hope.
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Hammer for Change
Every day at Morris Habitat for Humanity, we hammer for change, building homes that transform the lives of our hardworking partner families. We hammer for change throughout the Morris County area, bringing people together to create strong, vibrant neighborhoods. And we hammer for change across New Jersey and around the country, advocating for housing policies that ensure the cost of home is affordable for everyone.
In 2019 we empowered 69 families with our housing solutions and international home building programs. Thank you for joining us in this important work – it would not be possible without you.
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It’s More Than Home
In 2018, we did something momentous: We built three homes from the ground up – in just 10 days. During our Blitz Build, 1,500 volunteers descended on a site in Mine Hill and constructed walls, installed windows, framed roofs and landscaped yards. Our partners included numerous community groups, houses of worship, small businesses, and local corporations. It was the perfect representation of Morris Habitat’s work: Bringing people together to build decent, affordable housing for their neighbors.
Morris Habitat builds more than homes. We help build strong families, vibrant neighborhoods, and brighter futures. We look forward to partnering with you in 2019 and the years to come.
Impact! Creating a new legacy for families
2017 signaled a new level of commitment to building more affordable homes and stronger communities. Our programs served more families, built and repaired more homes, engaged more volunteers, and sold more goods in the ReStore than ever before in our 33 year history! Together, we have provided shelter, safety and peace of mind for families in need and strengthened the communities where we live. Our success leaves us extremely motivated to keep earning your trust and support to create sustainable futures for families.
“Build it Now!”
Morris Habitat for Humanity has responded to the urgent need for affordable housing with a simple mantra, “Build it Now!” In 2016, we helped 38 families with our building and home repair programs. We are proud of the impact our programs have had on the community. We are grateful for the thousands of volunteers and donors who have made the dream of homeownership possible for so many families. And, with your help, we look forward to helping even more families build strength, security and self-reliance in the years to come.
“Building on 30 Years”
Since Morris Habitat’s founding in 1985, our organization has expanded and thrived, but one constant has remained: our commitment to helping families and individuals in need. Over three decades, we have built, repaired and rehabilitated homes for more than 330 families – with no foreclosures! Our volunteer site visits totaled more than 75,000, with over 500,000 hours worked. In September, we unveiled a strategic plan to construct and preserve 200 homes over the next four years. While we know this is ambitious, we also know that, with your help, it is attainable.
Together with you, we pushed boundaries in 2014 to reinforce our vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our successes are your successes, and 2014 was an exciting, productive year for Morris Habitat for Humanity. We adopted a new 4-year strategic plan; we had 15 homes in various stages of construction; we completed 5 of those homes along with 10 home repair projects; the ReStore posted another strong year, enabling us to partner with more families and build more homes; volunteers donated more than 71,000 hours of their time and talent; and, for the fourth consecutive year, Morris Habitat received the highest rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator.
“Building on Foundations”
The foundation of a house is its support; a strong foundation means a safe, sturdy home. In 2013, Morris Habitat focused on building and strengthening those foundations, increasing ties with our donors, volunteers, donor outreach and community partnerships. That support allowed us to have 14 homes under construction in eight locations, complete 4 homes, preserve 5 homes, and plan for 9 new homes in 2014. The ReStore, our retail operation, posted its most profitable year as we continued to see the benefits of our 2012 move to a larger location.
2012 was a year of Morris Habitat on the move…literally! We moved our operations and ReStore from Mine Hill to 274 South Salem Street in Randolph. At the same time, our building program moved forward with 20 homes under construction and we launched our NRI program preserving 6 homes. More than 7,000 volunteers were trained and recognized and 28 building projects were planned for 2013 and 2014.
“Building hope, changing lives…yesterday, today, tomorrow.”
In 2011, Morris Habitat for Humanity served 17 families through home ownership opportunities, home preservation and international home building programs. Since its founding in 1985, Morris Habitat has helped 254 families break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives. Long-term, generational change begins with a decent home. We accomplish our vision through our new homebuilding, critical home repair and Neighborhood Revitalization programs, all powered by incredible volunteers.
Dedicated to building decent, affordable housing with low-income families.
In 2010, Morris Habitat for Humanity served 20 families through home ownership opportunities, home preservation and international home building programs. Every day Morris Habitat transforms many different lives. By staying productive and innovative, Morris Habitat helps low-income, hardworking families achieve the American dream of homeownership. Our volunteers deepen their commitment as they see the tangible improvements in families and community, all brought about by their contributions of time and talent. Donors become partners and champions as they see how Morris Habitat can leverage financial donations to do even more for those in need.
Morris Habitat builds hope, community, and partnerships while building homes for families in need!
Our Vision: For five years between 2005-2009, Morris Habitat will work to serve an additional 55 families, through building 30 new homes and preserving 25 homes, and increase its fund raising efforts by raising an additional $3M. These goals will be attained through focusing our efforts on the following planning themes: community building and sustainability, financial stability, advocacy, organizational effectiveness.
Building upon previous years’ accomplishments, 2008 was another year of substantial growth.
We are challenged to help close the affordable housing gap. Our goals for 2009 are to sustain our building program through increased partnerships, collaborations and friend-raising activities. In addition, we will undertake advocacy programs to increase the awareness of the desperate need for affordable housing in Morris County.