At Coles County Habitat for Humanity we like to emphasize any news that spotlights our families, members, and supporters. We are proud to call the community that we have our Habitat Family. Supporting members of our community as they support us is something that we do not want to overlook.


 ​Habitat Leaders Begin Fundraiser for Mary Jane Adams

Community members who are connected to Coles County Habitat for Humanity began a fundraiser to benefit Mary Jane Adams. Mary Jane is a Charleston resident with a nervous system condition and other ailments that have caused her to lose part of a leg and left her weakened. The funds that are raised will go towards a power chair and vehicle power lift to increase the mobility that Mary Jane has in the community. An account has been opened at People's Bank and Trust in Charleston for the effort. $2,300 is needed for the power lift and power chair. Let's join together as a community in order to support our members!

An update:
So far enough for the power chair has been raised!!! There have also been enough donations to begin funding the power lift. Approximately $700 is still needed. Wehope the community continues to band together to support Mary Jane and we can increase her mobility!

We would like to thank John Kent from Country Financial and his team for generously donating $1,000 to our 39th Build! We also appreciated their time and effort to work on the drywall with us!

Wells Fargo Advisors Increases Support to Coles County Habitat for Humanity

Coles County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to receive a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo Advisors. This donation will help build Habitat’s 39th home, which is currently under construction in Mattoon.  

Gary Swearingen, Wells Fargo Advisors, informed Coles County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Melissa McDaniel of the good news. “For the past three years Wells Fargo Advisors has continued to increase its support of Habitat.  Their generosity extends beyond financial support into the heart of our volunteer work.  Their whole team is committed to creating affordable housing.  We couldn’t ask for better partners,” McDaniel said. 

Tom Bucher, Habitat's President said, “This significant contribution means a great deal to the organization and also to our families.  It helps pay for construction costs such as materials and keeps the cost affordable for our homeowners."

Habitat’s newest partner family, Alisha Quast and James Dare, stated, “We never thought we would be able to have a house of our own.  We are very fortunate to be approved and very thankful for everyone willing to help.  We can’t wait to make memories in our new home.” 

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Members SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

                             U.S. Bank Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Habitat 

U.S. Bank Foundation selected Coles County Habitat for Humanity to receive a $5,000 Community Possible grant to support its Affordable Housing Program.  This is the second consecutive year U.S. Bank Foundation has provided this level of support to Habitat. 

U.S. Bank has a long-standing commitment of providing access to affordable housing for low-income families through its giving and engagement platform, Community Possible focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The grant will be used to help fund the construction of Habitat’s 39th home and support the organization’s housing services.  

Melissa McDaniel, Habitat's Executive Director, commented, "Habitat is truly grateful for U.S. Bank Foundation's continued partnership.  A typical cash investment from Habitat on a 3-bedroom home in Coles County is over $80,000.  So, when a donor can continue funding at this amount year after year, the impact is significant."

Habitat's newest partner family is James Dare and Alisha Quast of Mattoon.  James works at Rural King and Alisha is a stay at home mom.  They have two beautiful children, son Brody, and daughter Delanie. 

Tom Bucher, Habitat's President said, "It is partners like U.S. Bank that make Habitat’s work possible.  Creating affordable homeownership opportunities for families, like James and Alisha, is the core of our mission.  That doesn’t happen without generous donors like U.S. Bank."  Habitat broke ground on the family’s home on March 10, 2019. 

Anyone interested in volunteering, donating or learning more about Habitat’s work can call the office at 217-348-7063, or visit their website at