Our Impact

At Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity, we know that it is only through partnership with our donors — who range from individuals to corporations to foundations and funding institutions — that we can have a positive impact on our community. The numbers below represent the power of our neighbors to come together and achieve greatness.

35

Families served in 2019

1497

Total volunteer hours in 2019

95

Volunteers in 2019

95,785

lbs of material diverted from the landfill in 2019

$22,195

Property taxes paid by active homeowners in 2019

9,943

Donations received in ReStore in 2019

A great nonprofit doesn’t fix problems, it reveals the power of a community to solve them

Robert Egger

Success Story

Miss Annie Lewis

ReStore Manager and Habitat Homeowner

“What makes me most proud of working for Habitat is the way everyone loves and respects one another.”  – Annie Lewis.

It was 1996 when Annie Lewis first heard about Habitat for Humanity and its homeownership program. On the advice of Annie Bradwell, who was working for the USDA housing program and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Ms. Lewis picked up an application and attended an orientation meeting.

At the time, Lewis was working at Chipola Retirement Center and Chipola Health and Rehabilitation as a kitchen aid and cook. After becoming a Habitat partner, she continued to work full time while also remaining committed to completing her sweat equity hours. Her first job as a volunteer was to work in receiving; later, she became a cashier. Over the years, she continued to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, despite having completed the hours required to obtain her mortgage.

In December of 2010, Ms. Lewis retired from her work in the kitchen and devoted her full attention to Habitat. Three years later, when the organization entered a strong expansion phase, she became the second paid employee when she accepted a position as a full-time cashier. Her continued work with Habitat not only gave her a feeling of fulfillment, it also enabled Ms. Lewis to stay current on her mortgage.

In August of 2018, Ms. Lewis was promoted to ReStore Manager at our Marianna ReStore, and on October 1, 2019, she paid the final payment on her Habitat home. When asked how her relationship with Habitat has changed her life, she replied, “Where I didn’t have any faith in myself, I have found a group of people that love and care and it has changed my whole outlook on life.”

Throughout the process, Annie Lewis has constantly inspired those around her with her humble, affectionate nature and the love and dedication she has shown to both Habitat and her community.

Where we build

Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity serves the communities of Jackson and Washington Counties

Annual Report & Financials

Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity believes that transparency means trust. It means sharing the truth about our organization with our partners, ensuring fiscal responsibility which allows us to establish deeper bonds with our community. Use the links below to browse our most recent reports.