March 1979: Habitat KC is Founded


John and Mary Pritchard, along with a small board of directors, establish Habitat for Humanity/Kansas City, Inc. Kansas City’s Habitat for Humanity is the seventh-oldest affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The group sends its first fundraising letter this month, as well. Besides the Pritchards and other founding board members, local churches were the earliest donors to the new organization. The group quickly purchased seven properties for about $3,700 in the Mount Hope Neighborhood.