Coronavirus Update
Dear Habitat Supporters,

A few weeks ago, we announced that we were temporarily suspending operations thru the end of March. Unfortunately, as the world health crisis persists, we have made the difficult decision to continue to suspend our operations.  Our work at Habitat for Humanity is all about community as we bring people together to build homes, communities and hope, but in the face of growing concerns over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to ensure – first and foremost – the health and safety of this community, our volunteers and our families.
 
Therefore, our Board of Directors announced that we will suspend operations until further notice, including all of the following: 
  • Group construction activities will continue to be suspended
  • Habitat meetings and/or events will be postponed or held virtually
  • The Habitat office will be closed. Staff will primarily work from home but the phones will be answered and key staff may be in the building as needed. 
  • The ReStore will also be closed until further notice. Unfortunately, this means we will not be picking-up or accepting donations during this time either.  Please keep those items though as when we re-open, we will be glad to accept them to help further our mission of affordable housing!  

These measures are based on guidance from Habitat for Humanity International and local, state and national public health authorities. We are continually monitoring the situation, and our approach may change as new guidance is provided.
 
As all of you, we hope that this is just a temporary situation to ensure the safety of those in our community.  However, we are still fundraising, scheduling volunteers for the Blitz Build and doing what we can to prepare for the day when we can all get back together and build.  

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this public health crisis together.  Our work continues to help local families, even when it looks differently right now. If you are able, we encourage you to donate to help us through this difficult time when our ReStore is closed and our families are struggling.   www.rivercityhabitat.org/donate   Thank you. We simply couldn't do it without you. 

Susan Cook-Williams
Executive Director
River City Habitat for Humanity  


Resources and Updates
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  • If you are struggling to make your mortgage payment with Habitat, please contact us at 635-8439 or [email protected] We have options to help! 

  • Ameren Missouri is suspending all disconnections for non-payment and forgiving any late payment fees for residential and business customers. 

  • Missouri American Water is placing a moratorium and discontinuing service shut offs at this time.

  • The deadline to file your federal and state taxes has been moved from April 15th to July 15th. This is automatic and you do NOT need to do anything to be approved.  You can still file your taxes at any time, if you want. 

  • Spectrum is offering students free internet due to school closures (contact
        1-844-488-8395 to enroll and for availability in your zip code).    
  
  • Boys & Girls Club is providing free carry out dinners for all children residing in Jefferson City and the surrounding area between March 18 - April 3.

  • The Salvation Army is continuing its lunch and dinner services; they are now grab-and-go meals. The Food Pantry is open by appointment only and food is pre-packed to prevent crowds in the waiting room; appointments can be made by calling 573-635-1975 ext. 7.

  • Jefferson City School District is providing Grab 'N Go Meals for free to children under 18 at various school locations.

  • The Food Bank is continuing its Cole County Mobile Food Pantry hours and locations and utilizing a drive-thru model to achieve social distancing. Note: Only name, address and number in household are required at this time.
  •  If you have questions related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please contact the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services 24-hour hotline at 1-877-435-8411.


  • The Governor of Missouri has also enacted some new guidelines because of the coronavirus that might affect you, including things like Medicaid, Food Stamps, Drivers License renewals and more. See the full press release here.  

NOW HIRING!

Even though things are shutdown right now, we know that we will be building again soon.  So we need your help!  

We are hiring for a full time construction manager (click here for job description) and a part-time assistant construction manager (click here for job description).  

If you are interested in either position, please email your resume to our Executive Director: [email protected] 

2020 Jackson Street Blitz Build

In May 2019, a tornado ripped through our town.  Many homes were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Families were forced out of homes and had very few choices of other affordable housing options.  The town rallied and helped many families find temporary housing, but many are still needing permanent solutions. For these reasons and more, 2019 will probably always be remembered as "The Year of the Tornado". 

Since the tornado, we have been working hard to figure out how we can help our town recover and families rebuild.  So we are pleased to announce the 2020 Jackson Street Blitz Build!  In addition to the five home we are already committed to building in 2020, we are excited to announce our plans to build four brand new homes on Jackson Street as well.  

Our goal is lofty, but we know with the community's help, we will be remembering 2020 as the "Year of Recovery"!  

We will begin construction on June 1, 2020 and build Monday thru Saturday for four months straight.  We will need volunteers, monetary donations and prayers to essentially DOUBLE our construction efforts and help local families rebuild their lives. 

Will you join us? 
To volunteer, click here.  
To donate, click here

For more information, contact us at [email protected].  

We simply can't do it without YOU! 
Jackson Street AFTER the tornado but BEFORE the Blitz Build of 2020
HOW DOES HABITAT HELP?
River City Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit housing organization working in the Jefferson City area.  Our vision is  a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  We work toward that vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. 

River City Habitat for Humanity began in 1992 and we have built over 100 homes in Jefferson City for families in need. We build quality, low cost homes that are then sold to families at 0% interest over 25 years. The monthly mortgage payments made by families then go into a revolving fund to help build more homes.

In addition to building homes, we also operate a a 16,000 square foot home improvement center called the ReStore.  People donate new or gently used building materials, household goods, furniture and more which we then turn around and sell at a bargain price.  Money raised is then used to build homes for families in need!  

 
 
ABOUT US
River City Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry whose objective is to eliminate poverty housing from the Jefferson City area. We work with eligible low-income families to build quality low-cost houses which are sold to the families without profit, and financed for them on a no-interest basis.  Monthly payments made by the families then go into a fund which is used to build houses with other families.  Funds and building materials are donated by individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations.  Construction labor and support of the organization is provided by volunteers.
We work with individuals and families who earn between 30%- 60% of the median income in Cole County.  To qualify for our program, you must demonstrate a NEED for safe housing, have the ABILITY to pay a 25 year mortgage and be WILLING to partner with River City Habitat for Humanity. 
WHO WE SERVE
WHAT WE DO
River City Habitat for Humanity began building homes in 1992.  In 1999, we launched a new venture called the Habitat ReStore, a home improvement  store and donation center that sells building materials, appliances, new and gently used furniture, and home accessories at a fraction of the retail price. It is owned and operated by River City Habitat for Humanity, and all proceeds from the store go towards the mission of building affordable homes in Jefferson City. 
A 16 member Board of Directors meets monthly to determine policy and to oversee operations.  Heavily dependent on volunteer labor, River City Habitat for Humanity operates with one full-time Executive Director, a full-time Construction Manager and two additional part-time staff members.  Input from various volunteer committees also contribute to the operations of the organization.
OUR HISTORY
WHO WE ARE