There are probably many things that humans, cats and dogs have in common, including the need for love and attention. One thing is perhaps the most important similarity of them all: they need safe & reliable shelter. 

That’s why on Saturday, July 13, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is partnering with the Humane Society of Monroe to bring an afternoon of free, furry, family fun to the Habitat ReStore. 

What does it mean to build on faith?

As we enter the middle of March, it may be safe to say that the days of -40 degree windchills are behind us for the season. This can only mean one thing, that it’s time to spring back into volunteering!


For many, home ownership is the main financial goal.  This goal can be unattainable for some, however, due to high amounts of debt and low amounts of savings.

  • Studies show that over 72% of Americans are either just financially coping or financially vulnerable, struggling to pay all of their monthly expenses.


Thank you to everyone who came out to support Habitat's PIRATE PARTY!!!

Thank you to our donors, to our sponsors and to all of you who are committed to furthering the Habitat mission.

We survive and THRIVE because of YOU !!!





Home Ownership

Is this for you? Do you dream of providing a safe, affordable home for you and your family?

What is holding you back from reaching your goal of homeownership? Are you currently renting and finding it difficult to save for a house?

According to statistics for Monroe County, the average rent for an apartment in Monroe is $722, a 3% increase compared to the previous year, when the average rent was $701.

I am Jeanette McDonald, the Housing Counselor and Financial Coach for Habitat HOPE (Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County).

One of the things that I do is teach a Home Buyer Workshop. 

Homeownership has always been the American Dream for many, 75% of Americans say it’s a priority. For family after family, homeownership has provided not just a roof over their heads but also a sense of pride and accomplishment.  In fact, according to housing statistics, 58% of homeowners say they feel a sense of accomplishment and pride after buying their home.

But where to start? This is the question the keeps some from becoming a homeowner.    

Habitat For Humanity of Monroe County has a Homeownership Program that will help you achieve your dream of homeownership.   

Show Me The Money


Winter Warriors

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the high temperature in Monroe County was 33 degrees. At 8 am, with a wind chill that sent temperatures below freezing, volunteers began to gather at their designated building site for a day of outdoor construction work. Winter may have arrived a little early this year but these conditions are the norm for Habitat building in the winter.

As the holiday season approaches, so does the season of giving. This means not only giving to our loved ones but to those who need it the most. As we’re reminded of all the blessings in our lives, let us think about those who are not as blessed.


With each new home dedication at Habitat Monroe, we are constantly thankful for the outpour of community support that we receive. We are reminded that we are truly not alone in this mission to provide decent, affordable housing for all. Most importantly, our homeowners realize they have a network of support in their own county.

Habitat Monroe’s most recent homeowner, Taylor, was shown such support last month when Exciting Windows by Couture by Karen threw her a housewarming shower.

Volunteers make up 80 percent of Habitat for Humanity’s workforce. That’s why it can be a daunting task to try and recruit people to donate their time. It sometimes takes a special event to remind both the affiliate and potential volunteers of why Habitat does the work that it does.

This month that event was Building on Faith, sponsored by Thrivent Financial. The month-long campaign sought to connect Habitat affiliates with their local faith partners and encouraged volunteers to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their neighborhoods by helping to build on a Habitat house.

Habitat Monroe could be found amidst goblins, ghouls, lions and unicorns this past saturday at Monroe YMCA. Monroe County Association of Realtors (MCAR's) hosted a free family fun event for all the families in Monroe County to celebrate the Halloween season. Donations were appreciated and MCAR's raised nearly $400 which will all go to local shelters in Monroe. 

IHM Sisters

The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have been of vital importance in this community since their beginning in 1845. They have a rich history of providing education, care, and shelter, and have always lived by their mission of building a culture of peace. IHM Sisters are also partially responsible for bringing the Habitat for Humanity affiliate to Monroe.

Home Buyer AM Workshop

HI, I’m Jeanette McDonald and I am a certified housing counselor and financial coach at Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County HOPE Program.

We are a Michigan State Housing Developments Authority (MSHDA) certified housing counseling agency that serves all of Monroe County

Home Buyer