Exciting Merger Announcement

Wayne County and Ontario County Habitat for Humanity Affiliates Announce Strategic Merger With Flower City
Merger to Generate nearly $1 million in Enhanced Revenues and Expense Reduction to Increase Families Served in the Next Three Years
New Organization to be Called Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (October 13, 2022) – Board members of Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Rochester, Canandaigua and Newark have voted unanimously to embark on a strategic merger of the three affiliates, creating one organization with a mission to serve more families more effectively than any of the three organizations could do on their own. Flower City Habitat in Rochester, Ontario County Habitat in Canandaigua and Wayne County Habitat in Newark will join forces under the new name of Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity in January 2023. With this merger the organization will be able to continue to serve low-to-moderate income families from Rochester to Geneva, with other communities to be included in the three-county area.

“With a combined 100-plus years of experience, we will have the unique opportunity to serve more families in need of affordable housing in our communities with new homes, rehabs of existing homes as well as critical repairs to help owners remain in their homes,” said Matthew J. Flanigan, Flower City Habitat CEO. “We are extremely excited by the increased impact Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity will have in our communities. We will be able to deliver upon our mission to serve families with safe, decent housing they can afford in a new, unified service area.”

The merger will create one new affiliate, serving a 3,400 square mile three county area. It will be the second largest Habitat affiliate by production in the state of New York and in the top 40 U.S. affiliates. The new organization will retain a presence in all three counties, including offices and ReStores. Following completion of the merger, Matthew J. Flanigan will serve as the President & CEO of the combined entity, Nash Bock will serve as Chief Business and Innovation Officer, and JJ Cotter will serve as Vice President of Programs. Bock and Cotter will continue in their roles as Executive Director of Ontario County and Wayne County Habitat, respectively, until the legal consolidation on January 2, 2023.

“The three ReStore locations in Rochester and Canandaigua are a critical part of our funding model and will continue to operate with the help of our donors and dedicated volunteers,” said Nash Bock, Executive Director of Ontario County Habitat for Humanity. “We look forward to building on our already strong support over the years and leveraging our combined talents to deliver greater impact for families and communities in each of the areas we have historically served.”

Together the three local Habitat for Humanity affiliates have a long and impressive history. Flower City Habitat was founded in 1984, Wayne County began in 1988 and Ontario County was established 1990. Combined, they have served nearly 350 area families with new homes, rehabilitated homes, and critical repairs. In 2021 alone, volunteers logged a combined 55,000 hours with a total of 1,600 volunteers, serving in ReStores, on construction sites and in offices. Homeowners-in-process across the region participated in financial education classes and collectively earned more than 4,000 hours of sweat equity toward the purchase of their homes.

“At the heart of the Habitat program is the hard-working families we serve,” said Wayne County Executive Director JJ Cotter. “By combining our resources, we are confident we will expand not only the number of families we assist but enhance the breadth and quality of the programs we offer—from financial counseling to aging in place resources.”

The new Habitat affiliate expects to retain current staff and all existing board members will be asked to join the new entity’s board. Combining the talents and resources of the three-county area is expected to create a powerful and experienced team, with additional resources to serve the community. The merger will bring operating efficiencies and the new entity expects to deploy financial resources into expanded or new programs and services.

Volunteers are critical to the success of all three local Habitats and will be vital to the continuing success of Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity. Whether volunteering on a construction site or lending a hand in the ReStore, office or serving on a committee, there will continue to be opportunities to support the mission.

Between now and the merger’s expected effective date January 2, the three affiliates will continue to function as independent organizations.

Wayne County Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated volunteers who shared a vision of helping local hard-working, low-income families create strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat Wayne County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County is a fully autonomous, non-profit 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization. You can find our Habitat houses in Newark, Sodus, North Rose, Clyde, Macedon and East Williamson, Ontario, Wolcott, Rose, Williamson, Lyons and Marion. We have built or recycled over 30 homes to families in need of decent, affordable shelter.

Ontario County Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serve people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. Since 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County has worked in partnership with over 54 low-income families to build and repair decent safe and affordable homes locally and supported more than 71 families internationally through direct volunteer and tithe support. For more information, visit https://ontariohabitat.org

Flower City Habitat

Flower City Habitat for Humanity (FCHH) is a non-denominational Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Rochester, N.Y. FCHH’s mission is to build decent, affordable, single-family homes for families in need. Since 1984, FCHH has built or remodeled more than 250 homes across the City of Rochester, with over 100 of those homes located within the Greater JOSANA Neighborhood. Since launching the Critical Home Repair Program in 2019, FCHH has served over 90 families with needed home repairs. For more information, visit https://www.rochesterhabitat.org

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in local communities, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Habitat operates in over 70 countries and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1,000,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 7 million people worldwide.
We may disagree on all sorts of things... baptism, communion, what night to have prayer meeting, and how the preacher should dress. But thank God we can agree on a nail and the use of the hammer as an instrument to manifest God's love.

Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity