About Habitat for Humanity
of Northern Fox Valley

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to giving families the opportunity to improve their future through home ownership.  We have a dedicated staff who manage our efforts, build homes for our families, work tirelessly with thousands of volunteers and qualify our partner families.

We provide a great work environment for employees with the right skill set who share our passion.  We often have job opportunities at our ReStore for construction and in our office.

We have a unique structure with strategically located Partnerships, groups of faith-based organizations and civic groups who take on the task of independently building homes.

Our Staff

Habitat for Humanity

Barbara Beckman
Executive Director

Susan Fritz
Director of Development

Alexandra Cerda
Community Partnerships Manager

Victoria Vlazney
Volunteer Coordinator

Dina Ackermann
Donor Relations & Database Specialist

Tom Clausen
Construction Manager

Jerry Pietryla
Assistant Construction Manager

Jim Zei
Home Preservation Programs Coordinator

Jordan Pimentel
Lending & Family Services Manager

Kathy Wilbourn
Director of Finance

Martina Ramirez
Human Resource Manager

NFV ReStores

Deanna Davies
ReStore Director

Chris Etheridge
Product Procurement Manager

Volunteer Coordinator

Jesus Alcala
Donor Scheduling Coordinator

 ReStore Elgin

Manny Arthur
Store Manager

Tom Schultz
Assistant Store Manager

 ReStore Arlington Heights

Chris Hlavac
Store Manager

Hiring! Assistant Store Manager


Northern Fox Valley has four faith-based groups and community organizations dedicated to helping implement the Habitat mission across our service area. There are many ways churches can partner with Habitat for Humanity and put God’s love into action. One of the best ways is for church members to serve together to help build a home. This tangible experience allows members of the congregation to live out their faith and love their neighbor.

Volunteering with Habitat not only deepens one’s own faith but increases strength and unity among the church community as they serve together. Volunteers are led by a Habitat site supervisor and no construction experience is required. Tools and safety equipment are provided. While volunteers do much of the construction, fully licensed and insured contractors are hired for roofing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.

Based on Biblical principles, one of Habitat for Humanity’s core tenets is not charging interest on the loans we provide to the families who buy the homes. Exodus 22:25, says, “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest.”

Below is a list of partnerships and their affiliated churches. Want to join? Call our office at (847) 836-1432.

About Habitat for Humanity NFV: Spring of Life Partnership

Spring of Life

The Spring of Life partnership consists of churches in Arlington Heights, Palatine, and Inverness.  Spring of Life is committed to building one Habitat NFV home per year with volunteers from its member churches.

New Hope

The New Hope Partnership consists of seven Elgin/Dundee/Huntley area churches. The New Hope Partnership completed its first home in 1998 and has completed a total of eight Habitat for Humanity homes.

Joyful Hands

The Joyful Hands Partnership consists of seven Barrington area churches. Joyful Hands completed its first home in 2000 and has completed a total of six Habitat for Humanity homes


The Pottawatomie Partnership is comprised of twelve churches in the St. Charles/Geneva area, as well as BMO Harris Bank. Pottawatomie commits to building one Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley home per year.

Interested in Partnering with us?

Our Smart Neighborhoods

Nicor Gas and Habitat for Humanity unite visions to create sustainable, smart and affordable communities.

Habitat for Humanity + Nicor Gas: Smart Neighborhoods/Communities

Nicor Gas and Southern Company have announced a new partnership with the Fox Valley and Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliates to develop Smart Neighborhood™ affordable housing communities in Chicagoland. Two planned communities, one in Aurora and a second being developed in Northern Fox Valley, will total 30 single-family net zero homes equipped with a combination of renewable, electric, and natural gas technologies. Eligible residents will enjoy freedom from expensive mortgages and high energy bills, while reducing their carbon footprint.


Join our mission to help our low income neighbors remain and thrive in Northern Fox Valley


Employment Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in working with us.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley has an open-door policy. All who believe that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work. We look for talented, mission-driven people to join our team.


Currently we have the following openings:


  • Assistant Store Manager (Full Time) – Elgin ReStore  
  • Store Associate (Part Time) – Arlington Heights ReStore
  • Cashier (Part Time) – Elgin ReStore 

Please submit a resume to HR Manager, Martina Ramirez, at martina.ramirez@habitatnfv.org or call Martina at 847-836-1432, ext. 103.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This organization does not discriminate in employment practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Feel free to share our employment opportunities with your network!

Construction Career Jumpstart Program

Jumpstart your construction career with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley!

There are over 8 million people employed in a vast array of skilled construction positions with well paying salaries and benefits.  Our Construction Career Jumpstart Program provides training for those who want to explore a career in construction.  Program participants will receive OSHA training and hands-on experience at a Habitat for Humanity construction site.  Classes are provided on 12 consecutive Saturdays.

This is a paid position. The payrate is $18.00/hour.


Program Requirements

  • Interest in construction and a willingness to learn
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • U.S. work authorization
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Transportation
  • English language skills
  • Appropriate construction attire, including safety boots
  • Ability to lift 75 lbs.
  • Candidates are expected to be punctual and attend all training sessions

To Apply

Please submit your resume to HR Manager, Martina Ramirez at martina.ramirez@habitatnfv.org.

If you are unable to submit a resume, please download, fill out, and return the application below.