About Spring of Life

Our Partnership–Providing Affordable Housing

As an arm of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, Spring of Life is a partnership of churches and community members in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. We are a group of volunteers–many of us members of our partner churches—and we create affordable housing for qualified families. Since 1997, we have enabled 16 families to grab their piece of the American Dream–a home of their own.


Home on Jewett-BEFORE
Jewett Home–Almost Complete

This home was originally started by the Habitat of Northern Fox Valley, affiliate, but with the Covid-19 restrictions it was placed on hold.

Spring of Life picked up from where they left off. We are so proud to completing this home and celebrating with another new homeowner. For more photos of this home as we worked on it, CLICK HERE.

Join Us for an Outdoor House Blessing at 341 Jewett, Elgin

November 7, 2020 at 10:00 am

Face Masks required

RSVP: Lee Kingdon, 847-913-4933 or Laura Johnson, 847-751-9213

A little thing like a pandemic isn’t going to stop Jennifer O. from reaching her goals. Her life is a guidebook about setting and meeting goals, regardless of the obstacles. Listen to Jennifer’s amazing story.

Originally from Nigeria, Jennifer graduated with a degree in physics from Benue State College. During those college years, she met her husband through her church. He later migrated to the US. and after a long application process, Jennifer joined him and they had their daughter. Unfortunately, the marriage dissolved, leaving Jennifer and her daughter homeless. With her faith in God leading her, she found her way to WINGS, a not for profit whose mission is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

Jennifer thrived at WINGS and was awarded the David K. Hill Award in 2019. This award is given annually to one outstanding WINGS graduate. Here are just a few of the reasons Jennifer received this award.

Click here to read her full story.

August 2020, Homeowner Celebration: One of the great satisfactions of working with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley families is to see the transformative affect it creates. Habitat not only addresses the need for affordable housing, which provides new economic stability for a family, it also creates wealth. In August 2020, one of our homeowners made their last mortgage payment. They have achieved the American dream of owning their own home. This is an outstanding accomplishment!

No One Gets a Free Home

A common myth is that we give homes away. This is not the case. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley provides interest free loans and Spring of Life provides the sweat equity. All homeowners must qualify for a mortgage by

1. Being able to make the monthly mortgage payments on the interest-free, no profit loan
2. Proving need for affordable housing
3. Committing to 250 hours of sweat equity per adult family member on the construction of the home.

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