HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
"We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be 'hands and feet' of that love and grace in our world."
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity partners with communities to help build and renew homes. The organization’s vision is for everyone to have decent housing. Habitat for Humanity helps homeowners take part in building their own homes and pay a more affordable mortgage. Habitat for Humanity helps their homeowners become more independent and stable.
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Linda and Millard Fuller, who created the concept of partnership housing and took their mission all over the world. Through the help of volunteers and donations, Habitat for Humanity helps millions of people create a place called home.
Housing insecurity affects almost half of all adults in America due to frequent moving, threat of eviction, and unsafe locations. This can cause depression and anxiety in adults and create difficulties for families. A safe, decent, and affordable house could reduce the anxiety, stress, and insecurity in adults and lead to better health and positive lives for families. Habitat for Humanity empowers families to become better skilled and financially educated as homeowners. Habitat for Humanity also helps revitalize neighborhoods to support community health.
Habitat for Humanity also provides aid in disaster situations. Disasters, war, and civil unrest displace millions of people around the world. Habitat’s "Disaster Risk Reduction and Response" program offers shelter, education, training, and partnerships to displaced individuals. Habitat for Humanity provides temporary shelter and assists displaced persons with finding a more permanent place to call home.
CENTERED ON CHRIST
Habitat for Humanity is a self-proclaimed Christian organization, but it does not force Christian beliefs on clients or volunteers. Habitat for Humanity describes its mission as follows: “To put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”
Habitat for Humanity’s first principle is to demonstrate the love of Christ, stating, “We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.”
Working at a Habitat site
Habitat for Humanity Image: Tulane Public Relations, CC by 2.0
Millard and Linda Fuller
Millard and Linda Fuller, Founders of Habitat for Humanity