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June 23-24, 2000: Habitat KC celebrates 20 Years

Habitat for Humanity/Kansas City Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary. The festivities included a banquet and a house blessing for eight new homes.

June, 2000: Habitat KC ReStore Opens

The first local Habitat for Humanity ReStore opens in Kansas City. ReStore, a retail location that sells donated construction materials and home furnishings, helps to raise money for Habitat’s projects, provides another way for volunteers and potential homeowners to serve the community, and reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfills.

1996: John Pritchard retires as Executive Director of Habitat KC

John Pritchard retires as executive director of Habitat for Humanity/Kansas City, although he continues to take an active role in the organization.

October 29, 1995: Habitat KC celebrates 100th Home

Habitat KC celebrates the construction of its 100th house. The celebration includes a performance by the Marching Cobras, with John and Mary Pritchard joining in. The Middlebrooks, the first family to move into a Habitat for Humanity/Kansas City house, also attended the celebration. After building 100 homes in the Boston Heights, Mount Hope and Ivanhoe neighborhood since 1979, Habitat board members decide the time is right to expand their work into the Boston Heights neighborhood.

November 13, 1994: First Women Build house is Dedicated

The first official Habitat KC Women Build house is dedicated. Vivian Gibbens organized the project, which brought 300 women together to construct the home. The Kansas City Star called the project “historic” and featured photographs of the dedication of the new house for homeowner Janice Busbee and her three children.

March, 1994: Habitat KC hosts its first Blitz Build

Habitat KC completes its first Blitz Build with Royal Neighbors of America as volunteers and sponsors. The house, which was constructed in 10 days, became the home to Sam and Rose Lattimore and their family. HFHI founders Millard and Linda Fuller visited Kansas City to take part in the house blessing.

August 11, 1992: Homes on Parade

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood, donates six houses to Habitat and Neighborhood Housing Services rather than tear them down to make way for its new parking lot. The two organizations orchestrate an overnight move to relocate the houses from Brookside to vacant lots in the city. Neighbors and media crews turn out in the middle of the night to watch the spectacle of homes parading down the street to their new locations.

December, 1991: VH1 features Habitat KC

VH1 films segments about Habitat KC to be featured on the cable channel starting in January 1992. The 70-second segments were part of a project to show good news from around the country. VH-1 crew members interviewed John Pritchard and volunteer Marian Landes and filmed at two Habitat houses on Highland Avenue.

September 15, 1991: First Harmony House is Completed

Dedication of the first Harmony House. The Harmony House, in cooperation with a group called Harmony in a World of Difference, was an interfaith build that brought together volunteers from seven faith groups in the Kansas City area to construct a home.

November 10-12, 1989: Habitat KC celebrates 10th-Anniversary

Habitat for Humanity/Kansas City celebrates its 10th anniversary. Because the organization had nearly reached its goal of building 50 houses, Habitat for Humanity International co-founder Millard Fuller proposes a new goal: 100 more houses in the next 10 years.