You are here

Chicago Artists Create Stained-Glass Windows for Habitat Homeowners

Chicago Artists Create Stained-Glass Windows for Habitat Homeowners

CHICAGO, Feb. 14 - Several Chicago-area artists want to add a splash of color and a dash of creativity to Habitat for Humanity houses, so they are designing handcrafted, stained-glass windows and donating them to Habitat projects in and around the Windy City.

“Habitat is dedicated to building simple, decent, modest houses with people in need, so we often must opt for ‘affordable’ over the ‘artistic’ to keep costs low,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “God gave these artists the gift of creativity, and we are so grateful they have chosen to share that gift with Habitat homeowners.”

Kristin Warzyniak is leading the effort. The artist is participating in a Landmark Education

Leadership Course, which encourages her to design a project that makes a positive impact on the community.

“I wanted to create something beautiful to honor and commemorate the extraordinary Habitat for Humanity homeowners,” said Warzyniak, who has volunteered as a builder on Habitat houses. “It is inspiring to see what an organization like Habitat for Humanity can bring families and their communities.”

Steve Kozak, who owns and teaches at Artisans Stained Glass in Niles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, is heading up the team of artists, including Warzyniak, Joe Wilkinson and Larry Pudlek. The first set of handcrafted Habitat windows is scheduled to be unveiled at a dedication ceremony on March 2nd.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.