At Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, we’re standing on three and a half decades of proven success in affordable homeownership in Central Iowa. As we reflect on our 35th anniversary, we recognize the innovations that built that foundation and celebrate the innovation that will build upon it.
Last year, our team developed and launched the Mortgage Readiness Model, a new method of meeting households wherever they are in their journey to homeownership. Nearly everyone who walks through our doors has a clear path forward, whether they’re ready for homeownership today or we can provide guidance to prepare them for tomorrow.
We refocused on equity, re-examining our qualification criteria and making relatively small changes with outsized impacts. More future homeowners than ever before can now join us on this journey. More families have brighter futures. More doors are open.
Whether you made a gift, swung a hammer, shopped the ReStore, or served in another capacity, you were a critical piece of last year’s success. Together, we did amazing things. We completed 100 more repairs than in 2021. We built a house in fewer than nine days at the Iowa State Fair. We revolutionized our processes and paved the way forward for our future as an organization.
In this report, you’ll read about these successes, meet some of our incredible homeowners, and learn about how you helped us make such an impact. When you’re through, I hope you feel the immense hope that I feel – the hope that comes from innovation, collaboration, and most importantly from compassion. Join us as we turn that hope into reality.