West Bend Germanfest’s Mission:
West Bend Germanfest is an integral part of the ecumenical Christian ministry of Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties. It seeks to bring the entire community together in a healthy celebration of its vibrant German traditions and heritage, while at the same time supporting Habitat’s goal of eliminating sub-standard housing in Washington and Dodge Counties and the world.
Habitat’s overall Mission:
Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties is an Ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to the elimination of sub-standard housing in Washington and Dodge Counties and the World. We work in partnership with God and people in need by building houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.
A little more about Habitat:
– Founded in 1998, Habitat of Washington and Dodge Counties has built 31 homes for deserving families in need.
– In 2007 the affiliate opened a ReStore in West Bend. The retail store sells new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture. Store profits fund additional construction and other work of the affiliate.
– In 2010 Habitat started a home repair program called A Brush with Kindness. To date, Habitat has served in excess of 60 low income existing home owners in preserving and maintaining their homes. A Brush with Kindness parallels our home ownership program by providing a hand up, not a hand out, by having families repay for services rendered offering 0% interest loans and a generous amortization period.
– In 2012 Habitat for Humanity of Washington County was asked to expand its geographical service area by including neighboring Dodge County. The affiliate quickly moved into action by completing a re-roof project in Mayville through our A Brush with Kindness program, and renamed itself Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties.
– In 2013 Habitat expanded its ReStore operations into Beaver Dam by opening a 17,000 square feet store on the south side of the city.
– In 2014 the affiliate opened its third ReStore location near Interstate 41 and Mequon Road, as it expanded into Germantown.
– In 2015 Habitat agreed to take over West Bend Germanfest and continue this wonderful 30-year tradition!
– 2016 will be another benchmark year as we will continue to build homes and do repair projects for those in need in both Dodge and Washington Counties.
The future looks exciting as we strive to fulfill our mission and vision. Through God’s grace we are convinced that Washington and Dodge Counties, Wisconsin will someday be, as Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity would say, “shack free.” And also, through God’s grace and the use of the hammer and nail, we look forward to the people of Washington and Dodge Counties having the opportunity to experience the love of Jesus Christ.