HFHW was incorporated in 1987 and owes its start to the 1985 Mennonite Economic Development Associates' annual convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was at the convention that Winnipeg's Al Doerksen took inspiration from Millard Fuller's keynote speech that chronicled his journey of providing housing to those in need.
Mr. Doerksen was so moved by Fuller's exuberant vision to build houses for those less fortunate that upon returning home, shared his enthusiasm with friend Paul Hiebert and urged him to sign up for Habitat's next Blitz Build in Chicago. The two friends also recruited Jake Pauls and Hugo Jantz and together they served at the 1986 Jimmy Carter Chicago Work Project.
Caught up in the movement, they returned to Winnipeg the following year and started the first large city Habitat affiliate in Canada to help eliminate poverty housing. The first Habitat Winnipeg office was located in a church basement on Church Street.
Today, the vision has become a reality. By mobilizing volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba works with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent, affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families.