Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity: Celebrates 300 families who achieved home ownership through the homebuyer program

APPLETON, Wis. (May 6, 2022) –Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, a leader in affordable housing solutions, will celebrate helping 300 families find their first homes through the Homebuyer Program. On Monday, May 9, from 2-3 p.m., at 417 W. Commercial Street in Appleton, (map) Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, along with community leaders, volunteers, donors and the 300th family to receive a home through this program, will all come together to recognize this huge achievement.

The Noworatzky/Hernandez family is the 300th family to go through the Homebuyer Program, which teaches families how to care for a home, manage finances and household repairs and be ready for homeownership.

“To have helped 300 families in the Fox Valley area is incredible,” explained John Weyenberg, CEO of Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. “The Noworatzky/Hernandez family is just one example of the many hardworking people Habitat for Humanity has been able to help over the years achieve their dream of homeownership.”

Eli Noworatzky and Tania Hernandez and their four children were living a reality that is all too common these days. In 2019 they moved into an apartment with their, at that time, three children. However, the bills began piling up, and then, eventually, an eviction notice came. Eli and Tania were forced back into living with their parents as they worked multiple hours to try and save money to get ahead. They applied for a loan with Habitat for Humanity and were accepted into the Homebuyer Program.

“I felt an immense weight lift off my shoulders when I learned we were accepted into the Homebuyer Program,” explained Eli Noworatzky. “We began to see the light at the end of the tunnel on how we can really do this.”

Families in need are not just given Habitat for Humanity homes. The families who receive these homes must put in the sweat equity to help build their home, learn to maintain it and financially sustain it. The homes Habitat for Humanity builds are not for profit, and the new homeowners are making zero-interest house payments thanks to the supporters of Habitat for Humanity. These efforts, accompanied by donations from community leaders and supporters, created the Fund for Humanity. The Fund for Humanity has helped give these 300 families homes and continues to grow to help many others for years to come. This is only possible through the efforts of supporters, donors, volunteers and community leaders who believe in the Habitat for Humanity mission to give everyone a decent and affordable place to live.

To learn more about the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity or how you can donate or volunteer, please call 920-954-8702 or visit