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The 2024 application opportunity for the homeownership program will be open October 1-31, 2024. In August, Habitat’s homeowner services coordinator and family selection committee volunteers will be hosting information meetings at the downtown library.

At each meeting, Habitat staff will review the current eligibility criteria, application process, construction locations and timelines, and eligibility screening tools. Staff and committee members will be available to interact with applicants and answer questions.

Meetings are free and open to the public, but registration is required if you wish to reserve a spot and receive reminder notifications. All applicants are encouraged to attend, even those who have applied in the past. Household members 14 and older are welcome.

Registration for information meetings is now open on our website. If you need assistance with registering, call Lisa Ross, homeowner services coordinator, at 605-274-6290.

Information Meeting Location:

Siouxland Library, Downtown Sioux Falls (Meeting Rooms A&B) – 200 N. Dakota Avenue

Information Meeting Options:

• Thursday, August 1 @ 12 p.m. (Habitat staff present from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

• Thursday, August 1 @ 5 p.m. (Habitat staff present from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

• Friday, August 30 @ 12 p.m. (Habitat staff present from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

• Friday, August 30 @ 3 p.m. (Habitat staff present from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Our Rock the Block event will be back and bigger than ever this spring! We’re completing projects in the Whittier neighborhood June 18-21. Thank you to all who applied. Our fantastic volunteers can’t wait to help you with your project!

Plus, mark your calendars for a free block party in Meldrum Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 22! After completing all our home improvement projects, we want to celebrate the amazing Whittier neighborhood and the work we accomplished together. This family friendly event is one you won’t want to miss!

We could not put on Rock the Block without our generous volunteers and partners! Whether you’re a Whittier resident or a surrounding community member, we’d love to find a way to get you involved.

To learn more about how you can get involved, click here.

Round up your posse, spiff up your boots and join us at 5:30 p.m. on March 23 for our Raise the Roof Roundup at the brand new Monick Yards in downtown Sioux Falls.

We’re russlin’ up murder, mystery and a whole lot of laughs for you folks by bringing in Jest Murder Mystery Co. for the evening. Plus, En Place will be serving up some delicious food bound to fill your bellies to bursting. Don your hats, boots, bandanas and other Wild West getup and get in on the fun while supporting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls!

Tickets are on sale from Wednesday, February 14 through Friday, March 22! Act fast ’cause if you dillydally, you’ll be like the slowpoke in a gun draw – all out of luck.

Interested in sponsorship or have other questions about this event? Contact our Executive Director Rocky Welker at 605-274-6280 or email rocky.welker@siouxfallshabitat.org.

Check back here for updates about the event.

What should I wear?

This isn’t our first rodeo, so we know y’all are wondering what you should wear. We’ve created this guide to help, so you don’t stick out like a debutante who walked into a saloon.

an old western wanted sign tacked onto a wooden board reads -WANTEDCOWBOYS, COWGIRLS & OTHER WESTERN FOLK FOR HABITAT'S RAISE THE ROOF ROUNDUPTHE ESSENTIALSoutlined images of a cowboy hat, bandana, badge, jacket, boots and flannelTHE LOOKSPictures of people dressed as a cowboy, outlaw, bartender, debutante, cowgirl and saloon girlREWARD: A GREAT TIME

Nothing suit your fancy? We don’t want to rope you into anything. Any Wild West attire will be fine and dandy! We can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

Where can I park?

There are a couple different places to tie up your horse and park your carriage. Monick Yards has a limited number of spots. If you’re prone to dilly-dallying, you best look at this map to see your other options.

map of Monick Yards and suggested parking at the Cherapa ramp, city lot across from Highball, mall avenue ramp, 1st Ave. parking ramp and via duct parking lot

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Gold Mine Sponsor
First PREMIER bank logo

Silver Dollar Sponsor
Thrivent logo

Brass Rail Sponsor
Diamond Mowers logo

Copper Kettle Sponsors
logos of the following businesses and names of individuals: Central Bank, Eide Bailly, First Dakota Bank, the First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Harris Law & Co., ISG, Jay Soukup, Keller Williams Realty, Marsh McLennan Agency, Matinee Accounting & Technologies, MidAmerican Energy, Plains Commerce Bank, Prudential, Redstone Technologies, Reliabank, Smithfield, Team JorGUNson, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and Woods Fuller

This holiday season, we want to thank all of our donors and volunteers for helping us fulfill our mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in Greater Sioux Falls. We’re known for building homes, but that is not all we do. With your help we…

Revitalize our Workforce.

We partner with Southeast Technical College and CTE Academy in Sioux Falls to build homes each year. Donations to Habitat provide the materials needed for their students to learn the construction process from the ground up. They gain essential skills and have valuable construction experience, leading to a better equipped workforce in our area to provide housing for generations to come.

Watch the video below to see CTE Academy Students at work on their Habitat home.

Revitalize our Neighborhoods.

The cost of home repairs and the difficulty in finding a contractor prevented many South Dakota homeowners from getting critical repair work done. To help fill this gap in our area, we committed to increasing our ability to offer affordable home repairs to our low-income neighbors. Now 100 households have had affordable home repairs completed this year, preventing our neighborhoods from falling into disrepair.

Hear about how Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program helped JoAnn and Dave by watching the video below.

Revitalize our Community.

When families have a home, it’s so much more than just a roof over their heads. Homeownership empowers families to create stable lives, improve their job and educational opportunities and invest back into the community where they live.

Thank you for helping us build futures for local students and families.

Revitalize with us today! Revitalize with us today!

412 Volunteers

three men in hard hats and safety glasses measure siding on a construction site

This summer we had 412 people volunteer doing new construction, neighborhood revitalization, deconstruction and ReStore projects. They collectively spent 4,853 hours with us, and 274 of those people were first-time volunteers. We’re so grateful for their help and support, and we hope they volunteer with us again!

20 Deconstruction Projects

a man uses a crowbar to remove nails from a window at a deconstruction house

Our Deconstruction Lead, Jason, completed 20 deconstruction projects this summer! We partner with Lloyd Construction Company, the City of Sioux Falls and both commercial and residential property owners to give new life to used building materials and furniture that we can then sell in our ReStore. This year we’ve seen growth of 300% in this program, and we’re excited for even more in the future!

18 NR Projects

two women smile while painting a neighborhood revitalization house

Our NR Coordinator, Marcus, with the help of volunteers, completed 18 neighborhood revitalization projects this summer! We helped people all over Greater Sioux Falls with painting, installing safety features, building accessibility ramps and so much more.

5 Days of Women Build

two women wearing women build t-shirts smile as they move ICF forms

Women Build 2023 presented by the First National Bank in Sioux Falls was held September 13-16 & 27. This is the longest Women Build event we’ve had yet! Over the course of five days, 94 volunteers built twin home foundations and painted a house. We’re so grateful for all the great work they accomplished. To show your interest in Women Build 2024, email Brittany.

4 Home Dedications

a photo collage of four new homeowners standing by "welcome home" signs with their families

We sold and dedicated three homes in our Millard Acres development on July 28 to Genet, Elizabeth, Mahmoud, Intesar and their families. We also dedicated a rehabbed home to Jawhar, Iftu and their children on September 8. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the happiness and excitement of new homeowners and their families on these days!

We are so grateful for the amazing donors and volunteers that invested their time and resources into building homes with these families. Their homes would not have been possible without the generosity of Pathward, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Thrivent Financial, Runge Enterprises and First Premier Bank.

We have now completed 183 homes, providing 291 adults and 702 children with secure, affordable housing.

3 House Moves

a home built by local students is moved to a Habitat foundation by a large truck

In June, two of our workforce development houses were moved onsite. These homes were built by carpentry students from the CTE Academy and Harrisburg High School during the 2022-23 school year. Then in August, our Baltic house was moved from a production facility in Madison and placed on our foundation in Baltic. All homes are currently being finished by our staff and volunteers.

2 Foundations Started

a future Habitat homeowner works with volunteers to even out dirt for a home foundation

In August, excavation work began on two twin homes in our Millard Acres development. Throughout September, our construction staff, volunteers and partner families were completing the hard work of building the foundation.

1 Mission

a child holds up a key on a Habitat keychain with his eye peeking through the keychain ring

Everything we do is centered around our belief that everyone deserves a decent place to live. We’re building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in our community one family at a time. Thank you for supporting our mission!

After years of planning, the Millard Acres housing development is beginning to take shape for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls. Habitat partnered with the City of Sioux Falls to secure the land in Northeastern Sioux Falls for development in 2020. Construction began in 2021 and the development was designed to have a low environmental impact which is a core principle of Habitat’s mission. Construction is nearly finished for the first ten homes and, when complete, Millard Acres will provide 26 families with homes that will impact their lives for generations.

We welcomed our 4th family to their new home in the Millard Acres development when Owrshalim and her children moved into their home on April 14th. Owrshalim had difficulty purchasing a home due to the financial strains of being a single mother of two. She shared that she is beyond excited to provide more stability and space for her children and for her family to be able to come to visit. Owrshalim has completed more than 300 hours of sweat equity building her home while taking numerous homeownership classes over the past year. She cannot wait to cook and dine in her new home with her family.

Our annual Raise the Roof Gala will be on Saturday, March 25th at the Country Club of Sioux Falls. Our Gala will include a night of mystery, intrigue, and murder as we are joined by the Murder Mystery Company. Our Raise the Roof Gala is the signature fundraiser for Habitat of Humanity of Great Sioux Falls 2023 home builds. Tickets will go on sale February 10th.

We have sponsorships available for businesses that would like to support Habitat.

sponsorship levels for the totally 80's mystery dinner

With your support, we will continue to make the dream of home ownership a reality in Sioux Falls.

The First National Bank in Sioux Falls logo
Women Build 20022 is presented by The First National Bank in Sioux Falls.

Women coming together September 15-17

Affordable housing issues affect everyone, but they are more likely to affect women and their children. That’s why Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls hosts a Women Build Day every year. The event brings women together to build, learn and empower each other as they work together to positively impact our community.

Expanded dates in 2022

Due to the success of last year’s event, there will be three days to participate in 2022 with multiple shifts available. A $10 registration fee will be required when you sign up which guarantees your spot and includes lunch and your 2022 Women Build t-shirt. Building will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 3239 N. Americus Circle, Sioux Falls.

No experience required

No matter your skill or fitness level, we know that you can make a difference for families in our community. We will help you find a team to work with and teach you what you need to know. (Many participants learn valuable DIY skills for their own home projects.) If you need any specific accommodations, please ask us!

At Habitat we have the unique ability to provide hands-on learning. Given these tools, women can succeed in changing their communities. Join us!

photo 1: two women smile while wearing women build t-shirtsphoto 2: a group of women wearing women build t-shirts lift a board over their heads

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will we build? What are we building?

We will be building in Millard Acres, a Habitat for Humanity affordable housing development in northeast Sioux Falls. There will be 3 twin homes under construction, so tasks will vary. We have been promised by our construction team that there will be no dirt packers involved this year! We apologize if you were looking forward to operating them, but we know that you will have fun with what we have planned.

Can groups participate?

Yes! Volunteering together is a great opportunity to build strength with other women in your life. Work groups, friends, families or any other organizations can sign up together online. Contact us if you’d like a group of more than 5 to work together. Due to safety regulations, we do need volunteers to be at least 16 years old to participate.

Can children volunteer?

Due to safety regulations, we do need volunteers to be at least 16 years old to participate. It is a great opportunity for older youth groups though!

What should I wear?

We recommend dressing comfortably and wearing something that can get dirty. No open-toed shoes, sandals or baggy clothing that could get caught in a power tool. We’ll provide safety equipment on site but watch this video to get a better idea of what to wear.

Are men allowed?

Yes, men are welcome and will likely be present as a future homeowner or one of our training staff. Women Build provides a place for women to learn the skills needed to build a home, but that does not exclude men from participating.

Why is Habitat charging a fee to register?

The cost of construction materials continues to rise which makes it more difficult to provide affordable housing options for hardworking local families. The First National Bank in Sioux Falls generously sponsored this event by providing food, t-shirts and covering the cost of the construction materials utilized. The funds raised through registration fees for this event will be used to help cover the costs of additional materials for the completion of a home in Millard Acres for a Habitat homebuyer.

Thank you to the nearly 100 people who volunteered for the 2021 Fall Women Build Event!

Women Build in the news

We look forward to the next Women Build event, but don’t wait until then to volunteer. Sign up today for one of Habitat’s many volunteer opportunities!

Coming together to build stronger, safer communities

Since 1991, Women Build volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities.

Our neighborhoods are comprised largely of women and children, and they are also the populations most likely to be affected by poor living conditions. Our Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities.

No experience necessary

No experience is necessary to make an impact with Women Build. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Whether you are learning new skills or simply adding a few to your tool belt, this is a rewarding experience for all involved and improves the community that you share.

Ready to build with us?

Bring your company, team or organization together to empower women to change their communities through Women Build. No experience is necessary. We’ll give you the tools, skills and guidance you and your team need to make an impact! You can also contribute to the Women Build program by making a donation.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls (Habitat) and Southeast Technical College (STC) kicked off a new partnership Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at 1 p.m., at 509 N. Daisy Ave. The partnership will address the need for quality, affordable housing options in the Sioux Falls area, while providing invaluable, hands-on learning opportunities for students in STC’s Industrial Technology programs. STC students will develop their skills while helping to build a new Habitat home.

“Affordable housing and workforce development are two of the largest issues facing our community. This collaboration highlights how organizations working together can create and implement innovative solutions to address needs we have in the Sioux Falls area while positively impacting local students, industry and families.”

– Rocky Welker, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls
people smiling before signing a board
Habitat for Humanity and STC Partnership Kickoff – From left, Paul Johnson, Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager; Robert Griggs, STC President; Rick Kiley, Sioux Falls City Council; Sheila Hoff, Habitat for Humanity Board President; Rocky Welker, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director; and Benjamin Valdez, STC Vice President for Academics prepare to sign a 2×4 with well wishes for the new homeowners.

“This partnership affords tremendous opportunity to all parties involved. The building and construction skills that our students will acquire are essential to their education. That, coupled with the benefit of providing much-needed housing options in our region, the partnership is truly win-win. We are grateful to Sioux Falls Habitat for Humanity for partnering with us on this project, and to our instructors and academic leadership for making this opportunity possible for our students.”

– Robert Griggs, president, Southeast Technical College

Conversations between the two organizations outlining a potential partnership began in fall 2020. STC students and instructors will work alongside Habitat staff to build a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home on a lot currently owned by Habitat. The goal is to involve students in nearly all phases of construction on this home, including framing, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and landscaping. Construction kicks off the first week in September with the project’s planned completion by the end of the 2022 spring semester.

Habitat for Humanity relies on generous donations and corporate sponsors to cover the cost of building materials for each project. First Bank and Trust, Wells Fargo, Avera Health, the City of Sioux Falls and Henry Carlson Company have provided support to help get the program initially off the ground. Funds will be raised throughout the school year to secure the $140,000 still needed to complete this Habitat home.

Media Coverage

Meet Habitat’s newest homeowners! They purchased their homes on Wednesday, August 25th and received the keys at a dedication ceremony celebrating the joyous occasion. The families thanked the volunteers, sponsors and donors with heartfelt words of gratitude and provided a delicious lunch for all to enjoy. This twin home marks the completion of the 170th and 171st homes built by Habitat of Greater Sioux Falls!

new Habitat homeowners and their family smile in front of their new home

Thanks to Wells Fargo, Sioux Steel and Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith for helping fund these homes and to the 280 volunteers who worked a total of 3,389 hours helping build these homes.

It’s no secret that you can volunteer on construction projects with Habitat for Humanity. But did you know that you can also volunteer in the Habitat ReStore? We have many dedicated ReStore volunteers, and more are always welcome. Here we answer some frequent questions we hear about volunteering in the ReStore.

What kind of work does a ReStore volunteer do?

In Sioux Falls, our ReStore volunteers are exclusively cashiers. They help ring up purchases for customers and direct shoppers to ReStore staff for sales floor assistance. No construction or home repair knowledge is needed. (But you might pick some up along the way.) It’s a great alternative for someone who isn’t able to volunteer on an active construction site. (UPDATE: You can now also volunteer in the ReStore as a stockroom assistant!)

Why do ReStore volunteers say they like volunteering?

ReStore volunteers receive training and commit to joining us regularly. They are a crucial part of the team and even form relationships with frequent customers. Many volunteers feel like they are doing good and enjoy getting out of the house. Every purchase helps build or improve homes locally!

What else should I know?

Since this position handles financial transactions, a background check is required. Habitat also provides orientation and training. Volunteers can choose a 3-hour shift (9 a.m.-12 p.m., 12-3 p.m., 3-6 p.m.), Tuesday through Saturday.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact Habitat’s Volunteer Coordinator, Brittany Bandstra, at 605-274-6292.