Our Story: A Brief History of Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce
In 1987 a group of citizens, concerned about the lack of affordable housing in our community and who had heard about the work of Habitat for Humanity International, decided to start a Habitat affiliate in Owen Sound. The affiliate, composed entirely of dedicated volunteers, built the first house in Owen Sound in 1988. Today, more than 25 years and 37 homes later, we are as passionate and committed to our mission as ever.
We are ground breaking for the first indigenous Build in Ontario at Neyaashiinigmiing.
We are celebrating our 30th anniversary and currently Building in Owen Sound. Join us!
We Build at the Beach and move our Hanover and Owen Sound ReStores to new locations.
We complete our 36th house. Our first in Tobermory.
Our first house built with accessible features – Port Elgin (semi-detached) and we reach our 35th home. We also open our 3rd ReStore in Port Elgin.
We are the recipient of the Affiliate Award of Excellence from Habitat Canada and in Hanover complete our largest Build – 8 homes on one site and our first condominium.
We celebrate our 25th anniversary and receive the Affiliate Award of Excellence and the Circle of Excellence Award from Habitat Canada.
We build our 25th house in Owen Sound.
We celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first ReStore and receive the first Environmental Sustainability Award from Habitat Canada. Two semi-detached homes are built in Wiarton.
6 homes (3 semi-detached) are built on one site in Owen Sound using insulated concrete forms for the first time. In recognition of the energy efficiency of these houses we are the second place award winner of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Sustainable Homes program. Our second ReStore is opened in Hanover.
2 houses are built in Inverhuron and one in Thornbury.
One house is built in Hanover and another in Owen Sound reaching a total of 11 houses built since our beginning. Our affiliate is renamed Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce.
One home is completed in Walkerton
We complete our first house in Port Elgin
A women’s Build completes one home in Tara
We celebrate the new millennial by building 3 single dwelling homes in Owen Sound, Meaford and Durham.
We open our first ReStore in Springmount
House #3 is built in Markdale
Our second house is built in Owen Sound on 7th Avenue
Our affiliate is incorporated as Owen Sound Habitat for Humanity
1988 Our First House
Our first house was built on 5th St. in Owen Sound