Fergus falls AREA Habitat for Humanity


Volunteer highlight - dave schneeberger

For several years Dave has helped Habitat in a variety of ways. He serves on a committee, is a Board Member, and helps out at the build sites. Thank you Dave!

Dave with the trinity lutheran work group

About Dave: I am recently retired from Bank of the West and am enjoying this new chapter in our lives immensely. I am appreciating the flexibility it provides on a daily basis allowing me to try a new woodworking hobby, kayaking, travelling and spending time with our four grandchildren.

On Volunteering: In addition to being on the Habitat board, I currently serve as chairperson of the Finance and Fundraising Committee, have also participated on several of the home builds over the years and really enjoy working on the build sites during the construction process.

Why Habitat?: I chose to support FF Habitat following a Chamber Ambassador visit where I learned a lot about the organization from Stan. It was apparent from the start that he was all in for the mission and it was an organization I felt a need to be more involved in. It didn't take long to make a final decision once I was given the opportunity to join the board and the finance and fundraising committee. It has been a very positive and rewarding experience to help local families move into their own home and I have really enjoyed being directly involved in building those homes and turning their dreams into reality.

thursday volunteer highlight

Thank you Thursday is Missy Hexum. She has been a great Habitat advocate, Board member, and Committee Member over the years. Thank you for what you do for Habitat Missy!

About Missy: I am a VP/Wealth Advisor at Bell Investments. I live in rural Underwood where my husband John and I are raising triplet daughters. For the majority of my life, I’ve lived in the lakes area and enjoy all of the things that go along with living here.

Past volunteerism: I have been a volunteer in a few different capacities over the past 20 years. My most recent board position was as Summerfest President and was a board member for 3 years. I have also volunteered through United Way and the prior Fergus Falls Area Jaycees over the years.

Why you choose to support FFAHFH: During a Chamber Ambassador visit, Stan Carignan, Executive Director, presented information on the Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity. His passion for the mission was contagious and after another visit with Stan, I applied for a Board position. Habitat for Humanity helps provide a partner family with a safe place to call home. This is a local mission helping local families. While our continuous goal is to help more families every year, the impact a home for each of the partner family is huge and am happy to be a part of it. Thank you to all of volunteers and partners.

Thank You Thursday Concordia College - Moorhead Habitat Chapter and faculty advisor Dr. Biebighauser

Cobbers support our mission in Fergus Falls. Thank you!

Dr. Biebighauser: Our campus chapter will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. We've come to Fergus Falls/Battle Lake the last three school years. We've really enjoyed partnering with your affiliate and we're glad that we can help out neighboring communities as well as traveling across the country and world.

As for me personally, I've been on 11 spring break trips, starting in 2009, and I became Concordia's Habitat advisor in 2012. My full-time job is teaching math. I'm married and have three kids, and I try to follow Jesus as best as I can. Habitat is one way I can do that -- I can put my faith into action to build relationships, homes, and communities.

Volunteer highlight - Pastor doug dent

My name is Doug Dent and I serve as pastor at Federated Church in Fergus Falls, a congregation that is active in its support for Habitat.

pastor doug preaching

Two summers ago I worked on the Habitat House, almost from start to finish (and not every day). It was a wonderful experience to work alongside the home owner and all the terrific volunteers! I even learned some valuable new skills.

framing 2018 habitat home

I support Habitat's mission to build strong communities by providing shelter for families.

thank you thursday - schrock family

About Cassie and her family: My name is Cassie, I have two children (Allen 17 years old and Braelynn 3) I have worked for Productive Alternatives for 8 years this September.

Braelynn schrock (3)

About owning a Habitat Home: Having this chance to get a Habitat Home means that my family has a safe place to call home. A home to grow memories, the space that we all need to have our own rooms, a yard to play in, a home to come back to.

Cassie schrock installing cabinet doors at 2019 Habitat House

About volunteering in the community: I have been volunteering at the Fergus Falls Food Shelf since May 11th 2020 and one time at Service Food. At the food shelf I’ve packed boxes of food and passed them out for families in need. At Service Food we get a list of what individuals want to get from the store that can’t/are not able to go out during this time with Covid19 happening and we do the shopping for them. Some people pick up their food and others get the food delivered.

Thank you Thursday Highlight - past board of directors president Ned eerdmans

My name is Ned Eerdmans and for 19 years I was pastor of CrossRoads Church in Fergus Falls. I am now on staff at Ignite Church in Moorhead part-time. I have served in city government, as president of the ministerial association and as a frequent actor at A Center for The Arts.

As a pastor and leader of a volunteer organization, I value the passion and commitment of volunteers to make the world better. Currently, I am volunteering as a Red Cross regional driver for LRMC on two routes per week. Volunteerism is a personal expression of one's beliefs and inner desire to do good.

ned volunteering for the American red cross

Habitat for Humanity presents a unique opportunity to create personal relationships between people who would normally never meet or learn to care for each other. It is valuable to help people, but it is life changing to work with people who are in the process of personal and directional transformation. My life was changed for the better through my experience with H4H.

Thanks for this honor. I am humbled and blessed.


volunteer highlight - gail brennan

About Gail: I have been retired for 4 years from working in the schools with Special Ed Coop 935 as an occupational therapy assistant. My husband Kevin and I have been married for 45 years and have lived in Fergus Falls since 1986. We have four children Naomi, Heide, Trina and Trevor, two son-in-laws Dan and Tim and six grandchildren.

look at that painting form!

Volunteering: I have been a volunteer for the Fergus Falls Habitat for Humanity for 4 years, serving on the Selection Committee with a wonderful and caring group of people. I have helped with painting, cleaning, landscaping as well as other tasks when and where I can.

Gail and the paint crew

Why You Support Habitat: I get my energy from helping others in need and working with people. It is a basic need for each person in our community to have a home. Giving and helping build a home for a family who would otherwise not have one is very rewarding to me. Fergus Falls is a wonderful community and has been very good to me and my family. It is important to me to give back to this community.

The Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity will be suspending all volunteer activities for 60 days to ensure the safety and health of our volunteers. We expect that our new build at Lenore Way in Fergus Falls will begin in June, pending the lifting of group restrictions and the resumption of normal life.

Partner Family Mortgage Payments Help

If you and your family have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our affiliate will consider forbearing the principal payment of your monthly mortgage for up to 90 days.

We have a Mortgage Forbearance Determination document that must be filled out. This can be done over the phone. If it is determined that you qualify for forbearance, we will then sign a Mortgage Reduction or Mortgage Suspension document and send it to Security State Bank, the mortgage servicer.

It is important to note that this only applies to the principal amount. You are still responsible for the escrow portion that is collected each month to pay for your yearly taxes and insurance.

Please call 218-736-2905 to inquire about this.

2019 Habitat Home Finished! Virtual Tour


We are searching for a construction manager for the home we will be building this summer and fall.

This is a paid position, working 18-24 hours/week. It could be seasonal or year-round depending on availability.

This person would oversee the build. Previous home-building experience is necessary.

If you know someone who might be interested and fits this description, please consider telling them.

Full details about pay, responsibilities, and expectations can be found by calling or emailing Stan, our Executive Director.

Office Phone: 218-736-2905

Email: fergushabitat@gmail.com

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build affordable homes and give hope to families in our local communities.

About Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity

The Fergus Falls Area Affiliate was formed in January 1991. The first Habitat house was dedicated in June 1992. With the help we received from dedicated volunteers and generous donations, the Fergus Falls Affiliate felt confident in seeking a goal of building at least 2 houses each year.

The Fergus Falls Area affiliate includes Fergus Falls and the surrounding communities of western Otter Tail County. 50 Habitat homes have been built since 1991 throughout the area in the communities of Barrett, Battle Lake, Breckenridge, Dalton, Clitherall, Elbow Lake, Fergus Falls, Ottertail City, Pelican Rapids, Richville, Rothsay, Underwood, Fairmount and Wahpeton.

Opportunities for local involvement include building on homes, serving on the Board of Directors and serving on working committees of the affiliate. These committees include Family Selection, Finance, Fund Development, Public Relations, Site and Building. The committees and Board of Directors typically meet on a monthly basis. Committees have varied schedules to accommodate the schedule of its members.

Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity 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. Fergus Falls Area 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 improve their shelter conditions. 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.

All Are Welcome

Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.