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Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana Receives Funding from Lake County Emergency Response Grant

Gary April 22, 2020— Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana announced today that it received a $2,000 grant from the Lake County Emergency Response Fund, managed and reviewed in partnership by the Legacy Foundation with Crown Point Community Foundation and Foundations of East Chicago.  Funds will be used to provide volunteers and staff with PPE, sanitizers and cleaning products to use on home build sites and at Habitat ReStore’s in Merrillville and Griffith, Indiana.

In addition to building affordable homes with and for struggling, working families, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana operates two ReStores in Lake County.  Each ReStore helps to support the mission of Habitat, building homes, community and hope.  ReStores accept new and gently used home building materials to resell at a deep discount.  Cleaning products and personal protective gear have rapidly depleted over the last month. 

“Protection for volunteers, staff and shopper are of the utmost concern. We are grateful for these funds from the foundations to purchase PPE and disinfectants.  These products are crucial as we prepare to be re-opened to the public once Governor Holcomb lifts the stay at home order.”  Said Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat.

Legacy Foundation in partnership with the Crown Point Community Foundation and the Foundations of East Chicago created the Emergency Response Fund to provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in Lake County, Indiana, working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.  Habitat is one of eleven area non-profits awarded in this third round of grant awards. 


About Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana is the leading organization that provides permanent, affordable housing to income-qualified families in Lake County Indiana. By serving qualified homeowners with an affordable mortgage, we help families achieve housing stability and improve their living conditions. HFHNWI’s operating expenses are funded in part by our two ReStores’ located in Gary and Merrillville through the sales of gently used and new home furnishings and materials. This enables the financial contributions of our donors to go directly toward serving families. HFHNWI leverages our resources with community partners, collaborators and volunteers to keep our housing affordable. HFHNWI was formed in July of 1986 by Reverend Dick Rogers and has served over 110 families.  We continue work toward our vision; where everyone has a decent place to live.  

About Legacy Foundation

Legacy Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit community foundation that supports the passions of philanthropic individuals, organizations, and businesses in Lake County, Ind. Through the generosity of many donors, Legacy has awarded more than $40 million to charitable causes since its founding in 1992. With a deep knowledge of local issues, we work creatively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to address challenges throughout Lake County. The foundation manages $60 million in assets and is governed by a diverse volunteer board of directors. For more information, visit

Kind regards,Wende Burbridge, CFREDirector of DevelopmentHabitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana 219-923-7265 ext. 304

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