Sisters Habitat for Humanity was established in 1991. The first homeowners were Rick and Theresa Slavkovsky. In 2011 they paid off their mortgage, and celebrated during our 20-year anniversary. Since 1991, we have placed a total of 60 families in homes and repaired four houses.
How we do it:
Habitat houses are sold at a no-profit to partner families living within the Sisters School District, and then financed with no-interest mortgages that are issued for 30 years. Sisters Habitat mortgage payments, for homes recently sold, are approximately $500 per month (including property tax and insurance). House payments received go into a revolving “Fund for Humanity” which is used to build more homes. The current cost of a Sisters Habitat home is approximately $110,000, including property costs.
Additional funds for building come from individual donations, churches, corporations, foundations and grants as well as income from our Thrift Store and ReStore.
About our Thrift Store and ReStore:
In 1993 we opened a Thrift Store in order to help raise funds for the building program and provide low-cost goods for area families. In 2007 we added a Habitat ReStore which allows us to sell donated furniture, appliances and used construction materials. The Thrift Store and ReStore combined contribute more than $250,000 to Sisters Habitat each year. Ten percent of the net income from the ReStore and Thrift Store is given to Habitat International’s Tithe department for building homes overseas.