1988 - First Board of Directors is established and affiliate is incorporated in October. Milo Shantz, along with founding board members, worked tirelessly to forge the way for Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region's (HabitatWR) establishment and success. Milo's passion and vision led to the incorporation of the affiliate in 1988, and its future success as a charitable organization within the region.
"Milo Shantz was a gentle, gentle giant. Just by speaking to you he made you understand the dream, and want to be a part of it." - Bud Adams, volunteer team leader since 1988
1989 - First build project: a renovation for a family of 6 on Devon Street in Kitchener.
1993 - 721 volunteers from 5 provinces and 24 states worked to build 10 homes in 10 days on Daniel Avenue in Kitchener with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn Carter. Also known as the Jimmy Carter Work Project, this build event really put HabitatWR on the map.
HabitatWR also opened its first ReStore on King Street North in Waterloo.
"This is the kind of thing that we need more of in our society - people helping people. Even though I don't know all the volunteers and donors' names, their loving faces are etched in my memory." - Eleanor Fields, homeowner on Daniel Avenue
1996 - Built first home in Cambridge on Lowell Street North, and renovated a home on Bloomingdale Road in Kitchener.
2000 - HabitatWR hosted the first ever women only build in Canada. Many local women came together to build a home for the Rivas family on Brembel Court in Kitchener.
"I have never been so dirty, so tired, so achy...and never felt so wonderful!" - Kathy Gottfried, 2000 Women Build volunteer
2004 - HabitatWR moved away from building single dwelling homes, and started its first multi-dwelling development on Weber Street in Kitchener. HabitatWR's 50th home was completed as part of this development.
2005 - Grand opening of Cambridge ReStore on Holiday Inn Drive.
2006 to 2009 - HabitatWR completed its first condominium project building 19 units on Cherry Street in Kitchener. HabitatWR's 75th home was completed as part of this development.
2010 to 2013 - HabitatWR completed its second condominium project building 16 units on Howe Drive in Kitchener.
2013 - HabitatWR celebrates its 25th Anniversary, and completes its 100th home on Kehl Street in Kitchener. The Cambridge ReStore also hosted a grand opening for its new location on Preston Parkway in Cambridge.
2013 to 2020 - HabitatWR started working on its largest development to date on Kehl Street in Kitchener. This development will house up to 45 families meaning more families in your community will achieve homeownership!
2017 - HabitatWR acquires land in Wellesley Township and builds 2 homes - our first rural build!
2017 - We celebrated 20 years of golf and raised $103,000! Our past exists because community members like you support us in so many ways, like attending and sponsoring our events. And with this many houses under our belt, you could say we've built quite a legacy.
2018 - HabitatWR completes first rural build in Wellesley Township on Queens Bush Road housing two local families.