Volunteer workers are needed on Saturdays to work on our new Ladd home at
319 S. Iowa St. starting at 9AM under the supervision of Project Manager veteran contractor Tom Pigati for the Heath family. Volunteers do not need to be skilled in any construction areas. Volunteers will be taught needed skills. Covid 19 protocols and Habitat for Humanity Best Safety Practices will be followed. Safety equipment will be provided by Habitat. Volunteer numbers will be limited to 10 and reduced when the home is enclosed. A necessary online course can be found on our Get Involved page of this web site.
Our local Habitat for Humanity-LBPC has a new ReStore. Please go to our Local News page for more information.
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC has found a new family to partner with us for a new home in Ladd.
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC and The Village of Ladd are proud to announce and welcome our next partnering family. Thanks to the "can do" commitment of The Village of Ladd and their own Club Ladd 89 members along with the hard work of the Habitat Family Search Committee, the Heath family (shown right/above) will soon be able to call the citizens of Ladd their neighbors. Justin, Kayla and daughter Hazel are pictured. A second daughter Evelynn was born on March 22.
PLEASE NOTE: The application time (November 9, 2020 - December 4, 2020) has closed for the new Ladd home. Thank you for the many applications submitted. Please watch this web site for future housing opportunities. The Habitat Family Search Committee has chosen the Heath family to partner with us on family home # 16.
There is much more about the Ladd build project and Club Ladd 89 about one third of the way down this HOME page.
It Was A CELEBRATION !
And A parade!
Many joined us as we celebrated the new forever home of Valerie McAvoy and her girls.
Nothing would stop our EXCITEMENT!
We thank the Ottawa Police Department!
It took a community to build this forever home for Valerie and her girls!
It was time to celebrate as a community!
Valerie and her girls (upper-left and left) - Habitat Executive Director Sally Van Cura & Habitat Administrative Assistant Fran Gibson (upper-right) - Ottawa Police leading the parade (right)
More construction site volunteer work oportunities are soon to be available. Please call our office weekday mornings (815) 434-2041 for information.
All Covid 19 protocols will be followed.
Please watch this web site for further information.
Please call our Ottawa office (weekday mornings) to register.
To volunteer please call the phone # above and go to our Get Involved page.
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS - listed below
Habitat-LBPC - https://www.facebook.com/Habitat.LBPC/
or click on Find us on Facebook above any page of this web site
Habitat-LBPC - private volunteer group - please click below
Club Ladd 89 - Ladd Build -https://www.facebook.com/local.habitat/
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC Has Helped Another Veteran's Family
Mr. Jeremy Close and wife and two small children are currently rehabilitating a two story residence on Ottawa Avenue in Ottawa. The Close family will call this residence their home and the house will be home to Jeremy's woodworking business. Jeremy (shown right/above wearing a hat and doing a radio interview on June 2020) is a veteran of two U.S. military combat tours. Habitat-LBPC provided 213 sheets of drywall along with all new replacement windows for the entire home. The Close family received two toilets. two sinks, insulation, two exterior doors, tiles, a new dishwasher and many gallions of paint from Habitat-LBPC. IKEA and Habitat provided new kitchen cabinets. Volunteers accounted for over 200 hours of work. Financial contributions included: Miller Group Charitable Trust $5,000; Walmart $1,000; Cosco $600; private donations, including through a go-fund-me page over $3,400.
Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build is a national initiative aimed at providing homeownership, volunteer engagement to U.S. veterans and their families Habitat for Humanity-LBPC is a participating affiliate.
Please Note: Assistance to a previous veteran's family is described farther down this web page.
Would you like to join Club Ladd 89?
Club Ladd 89 / Raising Funds for a Habitat home in Ladd, IL
What is Club Ladd 89?
Together with Habitat for Humanity of LaSalle, Bureau & Putnam Counties, Fr. Ron Margherio OSB and Dave Margherio have formed Club Ladd 89.
While Club Ladd 89 was formed as a fundraiser to provide seed money for a Habitat build, it is so much more than that.
Club Ladd 89 is a community that has been formed and is quickly gaining momentum in order to make a home ownership dream for the Heath family and for the community of Ladd a reality. The Club Ladd 89's Facebook Page is offering a window of opportunity for participating in the Ladd/Habitat partnership. We are asking everyone to comment, challenge and "build" on the Club premise of a real old fashioned "barn-raising" project for Ladd residences.
Through the Fundraiser of Club Ladd 89, we are asking for a pledge of $89 (or more) to be applied to the cost of building a Habitat home of $89 per square foot. As each Habitat home costs about $89,000 - each $89 club donation is providing one foot of change in someone's life.
Contribute to the Club Ladd 89 goals in all different ways - host your own fundraiser; commit to construction services or materials; commit to volunteer on a planning committee and at the construction site; be involved; and pray for the project! Our Club Ladd 89 needs the entire community to come together and make it happen.
Who does it take to build a Habitat home ... it takes a caring community and YOU!
The Habitat mission is found on this web site by clicking on About Us. Needed is Club Ladd 89 members and volunteers willing to build. Habitat provides the organization and planning along with construction supervision. Shown (above or left) are Father Ronald Margherio OSB and Habitat for Humanity-LBPC Executive Director Sally Van Cura presenting possibilities to a group of interested participants at The Ladd Community Center. You can contribute $89 or more using our Donate page on this web site. You can join Club Ladd 89 by clicking on Contact Us page to let us know of your intent to join Club Ladd 89. You may also Go to a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Club-LADD-89-100218424879016/ for more information.
Shown below is the new foundation built by contributing organizations and individuals. The Club Ladd 89 organization has raised a substantial amount of their $89,000 goal but still seeks more contributors.
Shown below is the substantially finished Habitat for Humanity home in Ladd.
There are three new Habitat homes that have been constructed in Bureau County for Bureau County families along with thirteen new homes and two rehabbed homes constructed in the other two counties of our local Habitat's three county area. All can be viewed in reverse order of when they were completed on our Properties page. The second and third shown are two rehabbed homes in Streator. The remaining thirteen are new with one Streator duplex included.
The photo below is of the our local Habitat's (#15) McAvoy home at 1206 1/2 Catherine St., Ottawa.
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC Selected The McAvoy Family
The Valerie McAvoy family was recently selected to partner with Habitat for a new home on Catherine St. on the south side of Ottawa. Valerie McAvoy is shown shortly after being selected with daughters Olivia (left) and Jayda. The McAvoy family are paying a low interest loan and have moved into their new home. Construction people and donors made this dream a reality for the McAvoys.
To ask questions, please contact Sally M Van Cura, Executive Director at (630) 502-9400 or email [email protected]. Please like and share our facebook page. To access, please click on the facebook icon above any page on this web site.
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC Broke Ground in July 2019 for the McAvoy Home
Shown left to right are Olivia, Jayda, with mom Valerie McAvoy, Illinois State Representative Lance Yednock, Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Feig, Ottawa Mayor Dan Aussem and Habitat for Humanity-LBPC President Dan Fitzgerald
Habitat for Humanity LBPC along with Town and Country Services and Bryant Heading and Cooling teamed up to help a local veteran's family
Michael Wright is a disabled veteran with three overseas deployments. His family of six has purchased a home in Streator. The furnace was old and unable to keep their family warm this winter. They turned to Habitat for Humanity of La Salle, Putnam and Bureau Counties for help.
When the HFH board of directors heard of the Wright's dilemma, they immediately put the Habitat home-owner repair project in motion.
Michael and Cassandra Wright are shown in their Streator home.
One of the board's 2019 goals was to offer a hand-up to local veterans.
When Bob Goskusky, owner of Town and Country Services was contacted by Habitat executive director Sally Van Cura, he immediately produced a plan to install a brand new Bryant furnace.
Town and Country Services is a local family owned business that has been serving our community since 1919.
The Wrights are now comfortable in their home and are wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Rick Spangler of Town and Country Services is shown installing the new Bryant furnace at the Wright home in Streator.
Habitat for Humanity has completed three recent home repair projects for families through The Brush with Kindness program. One involved a home foundation, another a roof and the third home received new windows and some roof renovations
More information is available on our local chapter facebook page found above any page on yhis web site.
A Family has Received a Habitat Home
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC and the James and Lenka Coyne family are partnering together. The Coynes have moved into a like-new rehabbed home on Shabbona St. in Streator. James is a veteran and currently works for Caterpillar in nearby Pontiac. Lenka is a full-time homemaker.
This Shabbona St. home is the second rehabbed home our local Habitat affiliate area and the fourteenth in our three county area. The first twelve houses were new constructions made to the specifications of the partnering families.
This project was made possible by the generosity of the Margeret Kashak family and many other generous donors. Please go to our Sponsors page to see a list of many contributing organizations and some of the individuals.
Our Habitat affiliate President on this project and two previous homes was Rich Larson. Janie Larson served as Executive Director. The Project Manager for this home and one previous Habitat home was Jeff Coyne.
Habitat owns lots in La Salle County and Bureau County and is preparing for project # 15.
Habitat, through our Brush with Kindness program, has installed new windows, repaired foundations and installed new roofs and porches for existing family homes. Please Contact Us us about qualifying if you're interested.
Habitat for Humanity- LBPC and the Enrique and Ashley Diaz family of four have continued partnering with Habitat and now live in our first ever rehabbed home. Enrique and Ashley along with two year old Reece and baby Graham are in the kitchen of this fourth Streator Habitat home. Habitat volunteers completed the finishing touches on this home, late in 2014, which has all new electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall, kitchen cabinets and counters, kitchen and laundry appliances along with new exterior siding, and roofing. The home is energy efficient with a new furnace and air conditioning unit.
Pictured is a photo of this Hall St., Streator home.
Our next family has been selected for a Habitat home in 2019. Habitat is raising money for this home. The next new home (#15) will likely be located on the south side of Ottawa. Please follow this web site and local media for details. Submitting a completed Habitat Homeowners Application during our next announced open application period allows our Family Selection Committee to evaluate the needs and qualifications of interested families. Habitat provides help with filling out applications.
Some of our many local partnering homeowner families are single adults. Some of our families are large families. Some of our families have had severe financial difficulties in the past. Habitat does not discriminate in any way. If you are interested in a Habitat home, please follow the procedures described below.
Interested families will ask for and receive applications as a pdf file attached to an email or by regular mail, or you can download it and print it by going to the Apply for a Home page on this web site.
Habitat homes are built or rehabbed in partnership with future homeowners. All homeowners are required to put in many hours of "sweat equity" where they are hands on with the building process. After making a down payment of about $750, the family is provided a no-interest paid mortgage. The annual income requirements for the Streator home ranges from $30,000 to $55,000 depending on the size of the family. Please check our Apply for a Homeage in this web site for more information.
A New House in Ottawa
Late in 2012, Habitat for Humanity -LBPC selected the Snell family of Ottawa for the new 912 W. Superior St., Ottawa home. The Snell family qualified and consented to partner with Habitat and then moved into their new home. Ms. Snell is a single mom with three children. Their picture appears on Local News. A number of families applied and were considered by the Family Selection Committee. Home visits were made, financial records were reviewed, applications were studied, interviews were conducted and a family reccommendation was made to the HfH-LBPC Board. The Snell family was then approved and accepted.
Please check our Properties page on this web site to view eleven (almost twelve) Habitat new single family homes, one new duplex and two rehabbed homes that have been constructed for local families starting in 1996.
The Ottawa Township High School Building Trades Instructor Mr. Dave Keely and HFH-LBPC Project Manager Mr. Mike Knapp served as Co-Site Supervisors on this project.
LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties HFH is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and loans are provided interest free.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving fund for Humanity that is used to build more homes.
Our Board and Staff
Sally Van Cura is our Executive Director. Dan Fitzgerald is our President; Tom Pigati, Vice-President; Lee McCullough, Secretary; Mr. James P. Lobraco Jr., Treasurer, Dr. Frank Zeller and Martin Wineiger are our newest Board members. Fran Gibson is our Office Administrator.
Are you interested in becoming involved with Habitat for Humanity-La Salle, Bureau & Putnam Counties?
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC is always looking for people interested in our mission to provide affordable, safe housing. We are in need of people with backgrounds in real estate, public relations, social work and home construction. We also have a need for people with a passion for building relationships for this mission. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out how to be involved with Habitat for Humanity-LBPC. We can be reached at our office at 815-434-2041 or fill out the form on our Get Involved page.