Habitat for Humanity Chillicothe, Missouri (40189 bytes)

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Requirements to become a recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home include:

  • New homeowners pay for the home which must be paid off in 20 years
  • Recipients must put in at least 125 hours of sweat equity labor toward building the home and at least 100 hours must be put in from family and friends
  • Applicants must be low-income families

The Selection Committee chooses homeowners based on:

  • Level of need
  • Willingness to become partners in the program
  • Their ability to repay the no-interest loan


>> View Our "Build & Volunteer Schedule"


Eliminating poverty housing and homelessness is the global mission of Habitat for Humanity International. The Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity is helping meet that goal one house at a time.


Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world. Habitat seeks to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and personal action. Habitat builds new relationships and a sense of community as well as new housing.

Through tax-deductible donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor, Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes with the help of future homeowners. Houses are sold at no profit to partner families with no-interest mortgages issued over a fixed period. The homeowner's small monthly mortgage payments which include taxes and insurance, are deposited in a revolving fund which supports the construction of more houses.

Donations are used as designated by the donor. A small portion (10%) of any undesignated gifts goes to Habitat for Humanity International for international funding grants to less developed countries as well as to administer the local affiliate. All of the work of our committee members is donated. This allows for dollars to go directly to fund local site acquisitions, building, and benefit local families.

Note: Habitat volunteers age 55 and over who are enrolled as Retired Senior Volunteers (RSVP) may count all of their time spent on Habitat in the RSVP program since Habitat is an RSVP station.


The local organization was chartered in December, 1997. Plans for the new club began in January of 1997 when the Committee for Missions and Local Concerns of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church sought information on the feasibility of establishing an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in the Chillicothe area. The group recognized that there were many homes throughout Chillicothe in various states of disrepair and that for lack of funds, know-how, or motivation, these homes were being occupied by families.

On Tuesday, February 25, 1997, the day before Gary Dickinson's fatal car accident, he called Bernita Mammen, who was on the Committee for Missions and Social Concerns, to express interest in this worthwhile endeavor. As the conversation ended, Gary confirmed that he was 100% behind the effort. As a challenge to give something back to him after his death, an organization meeting was held on March 10, 1997. About 40 people attended this meeting and showed strong support for establishing a Livingston County affiliate. A Steering Committee was formed, and a House Needs Assessment (shown below) was compiled.

Housing Needs Assessment for Livingston County Missouri
Compiled for Habitat for Humanity International

Average Family Income: $20, 293

Target Range for Study (50% to 80% of Average Family Income):
$10,150 to $16,500

Subsidized Housing: Chillicothe Housing Authority

  • Section 8 Existing - 40 Families Waiting
    Public Housing (100 Units) - 30 Families Waiting
  • Green Hills Community Action
  • Farmers Home Administration - Many Families Waiting

Size Homes in Highest Demand: 3 bedroom, larger families

By April, 1997, a Steering Committee was formed with 11 members, and an official name adopted: Chillicothe Area Habitat for Humanity. Rev. Paul Lanning was selected to chair this committee. Mark Clark later served as chairman of the Steering Committee. Other committees were then formed, including: Development Committee, Building, Nominations, Site Selection, Family Selection, Family Nurture, and a Board of Directors. Dawn Murphy was elected Chairman of the Development Committee, which later came under the guidance of Ken Scoggins. Mark Clark and Ken Scoggins developed a policies and procedures manual to outline the scope of the Development Committee.

By May of 1997, Bank Midwest had donated space in the Bank Midwest Branch in Park Center for the official office space. Meetings were held each Tuesday in space provided by Citizens Bank and Trust. One of the requirements to become a full affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International was to raise $3,000. The Ministerial Alliance agreed to provide access to a non-profit account in order to Habitat to take charitable contributions. Donations came in from many organizations, individuals, and fundraising efforts June30, 1997, Official Opening of Our Office (click for a closer view) (19760 bytes) held within the community.

The group officially opened its office in Park Center on Friday, June 27, 1997. By October, 1997, the Steering Committee had accepted the initial one and two year term Board of Directors. The Articles of Incorporation had been finalized and submitted to the Regional Habitat office. The Development Committee had begun making presentations to the community with Ken Scoggins making a presentation at the monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon on October 18, 1997.

Christmas 1997 (click image for a closer view) (15711 bytes)Habitat sponsored a float in the 1997 Christmas parade through the donation of time and effort by many volunteers. The theme was "A Home For All Holidays." Brent Anderson built the framework for a small building, and Hayes Martens did all of the lettering.

One Year Later...

On December 1, 1997, the CAHH was certified as a non-profit corporation by the State of Missouri. The group now faced its biggest challenge - raising $35,000 within the next three months to insure the completion by mid-summer of the first Habitat Home in Chillicothe.

By January 20, 1998, the organization had made significant progress and was making plans for building the first home. The Kiwanis, with a $500 donation, was among the first civic groups to specifically set aside money for Habitat for Humanity. Another $500 donation was later made by the Chillicothe Rotary Club and $700 was donated by the Chillicothe chapter of Future Homemakers of America through sucker sales. Personal presentations at service clubs, church groups, and adult and youth organizations by members of the Development (and other) Committees stimulated enthusiastic support and monetary donations. Thanks to the donations of the people in the community, plans to build the first home were moved up from two years to one.

Mark Clark was named chairman of the 17-member Board of Directors governing the local Habitat affiliate. Joining Clark on the Board of Directors were: Stacy Surber (Treasurer), Elaine Knittel, Donald Hoffman, Stephen Knittel, Bill Bellais (Secretary), Kathy Smith (Vice President), Jo Bailey, Eva Danner, Ross Fulton, Jr., Ken Scoggins, Patricia Taylor, Bernita Mammen, Jewell Patek, Brent Anderson, Joan Sweets, and Ann Martens. Jill Sieberling, the volunteer coordinator, had begun assembling volunteer names. Brent Anderson was chairman of the Building Committee at this time. Father Bill Bellais was selected as chairman of the Family Nurture Committee, and Judy Scoggins was elected chairman of the Family Selection Committee. A regular newsletter was published by Ruth Seiberling, Billie Fair, and Evelyn Griffith.

The first Habitat for Humanity Board of Director's meeting was held Tuesday night, February 17, 1998 at Grace Episcopal Church. Through the work of a strong group of dedicated volunteers, compassionate community donors, and the guidance of Ken Scoggins and Mark Clark - who were involved with successful Habitat for Humanity programs in other states before moving to Chillicothe - Habitat established an office, became an affiliate, and was ready to build its first house by the summer of 1998.

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