Habitat to the Max Ministry

Compassion beyond Measure

Bill's ride
Piru House

Description of the Ministry:

Habitat to the Max is an outreach ministry at St. Maximilian Kolbe that supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. St. Max parishioners involved in this ministry raise the necessary funds to sponsor a home for a qualified applicant family. Our annual fundraising event held in the parish hall provides the funds for the materials required to build the home.

The family who will live in the home is selected by Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. The family is required to put in 500 hours of “sweat equity” on their home by working alongside volunteers during the construction process, and makes payments on an interest free mortgage after moving in their new home. We believe this ministry is important in helping to alleviate the problems of homelessness and substandard housing in the Ventura County community.

The Habitat to the Max ministry was established in 2004. The first Habitat to the Max house was completed in 2007, followed by a duplex in 2009, both are located in Oxnard. The ministry is currently building the fourth house in Piru scheduled to be completed this summer, and raising funds for the fifth home.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to do God’s work by sponsoring affordable housing, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, for deserving families in our community currently living in substandard housing. We believe by helping families to achieve home ownership and realize their dreams, we are also making a difference in the lives and the future of their children.  Our goal is to continue to sponsor Habitat for Humanity homes, one family and one home at a time.

2011-2012 Goals:

  • To raise the necessary funds to sponsor House #5

  • To keep expenses at or below 3% of total funds raised to ensure that 97% or more of the money raised goes into building House #5


St Max Contact Information:   
Maureen Hamilton (Co-chair) 818-865-0851 tthamilton@sbcglobal.net
Tim Schutz (Co-chair) 805-497-2276 tim.cath1@gmail.com
Bill Figge (Treasurer) 805-300-0033 figgebp@mac.com
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County

Habitat to the Max News

We are very happy to report that our 2011 Annual Fundraising Event on March 26 was a smashing success -we raised close to $90,000!! Your support and generosity have put us at the midpoint towards our goal of sponsoring House #5 !!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended the festive event, to our local businesses and individuals who donated to the live and silent auctions, to our volunteers who put in hundreds of hours of their time in every aspect of the fundraising effort, and, with special thanks to our generous donors:

Top Fund Raiser:

Bill & Joan Larson

Gold Level Donors:

Joann & Stan Benson,

William & Terry Schmidt Charitable Foundation,

State Farm Insurance

Silver Level Donor:

Leonis Family Foundation

Bronze Level Donors:

Hal & Peggy Bernthal, Conoco Phillips/Frank & Scotty Blum,

Bill & Patti Figge, Terrence & Ellen Gibbons,

Mary Miller Family Foundation,

Premier American Credit Union,

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Carolyn Schmidt,

Dave & Linda Turnbull

Friends of Habitat for Humanity:

Karen & John Crotty Foundation,

United Capital Financial Advisor/Doug DeGroote,

Ed & Sandy Garnett, Jim & Mirtha Helt, Robert McComber,

The Oaks (Macerich Oaks)

In-kind Donors:

Lou & Sas Acosta, Kenny Lee, Merlin’s Kitchen,

Susan & Roger Pigozzi, StoneFire Grill

Our outstanding accomplishment this year truly is a reflection of who we are as a faith community - working together doing God’s work to help deserving families in our Ventura County community currently living in sub-standard housing to realize their dreams – one family and one house at a time.

Keep in mind that in addition to the annual fundraising event, we also build the house we sponsor.

Watch for bulletin announcements for our next workday on the Piru house, come join us to make things happen!!

page last updated 10-24-11