OUR HISTORY

Habitat for Humanity of Marion County was founded in Knoxville, Iowa, in 1997. The vision began when a group of twelve Knoxville residents from the First United Methodist Church took a service trip to Chicago to help Habitat for Humanity renovate some inner city condominiums. Upon returning, community meetings were held to garner support to start a Habitat for Humanity effort in our county. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church shared the vision and agreed to host the first informational meeting. 

Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc. is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. 

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate, and repair more than 800,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 4 million people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc. is an Iowa affiliate that was started in 1997. Since then, Habitat has assisted more than 45 families in Marion County either through new home construction, housing rehabilitation, or critical housing repairs. 

In addition to the families assisted in Iowa, the Marion County affiliate tithes 10 percent of its unrestricted donations to Habitat for Humanity of Guatemala and recently added Ethiopia. Click here to learn more about Habitat for Humanity's work in Guatemala.