In 1991, a group of community members concerned about racial injustice in Champaign County met at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Urbana. As a result of that meeting, Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County was formed.
The first home was built and sold in 1992. Since then, the vision of the original organizers has been nurtured and expanded. By the end of the year, 77 families will have purchased simple, decent, affordable homes in our area. Thousands of volunteers have had the chance to put their faith into action and all of Champaign County has been strengthened.
The UIUC Student Chapter began in the Spring of 1992, and became an official chapter with Habitat for Humanity International in March of 1993. The student chapter has been a key to the success of the Affiliate. They have sponsored and built 10 homes and will start on the 11th in the spring of 2015. They have provided countless volunteer hours on many other homes. When not working on a house, the students are out in the community fundraising, planning events, volunteering on projects to connect with local Habitat families, and raising awareness about poverty housing. During spring break they join volunteers in other states to build with Habitat. It would be difficult to do the work we do without the support of the Student Chapter.
Following its opening in 2003, the ReStore quickly outgrew its first home in downtown Champaign and moved to its current location at 119 E. University in 2006. Our ReStore offers over 15,000 square feet of new and gently used furniture, household goods, electronics, appliances, and building materials. The store also assures that over 200 tons of materials never make it to a landfill each year. We now offer free electronics recycling to the community. The store provides a great resource for affordable home maintenance and repair options to our families as well. The ReStore generates enough income to cover operational costs and contributes excess income towards the build fund.