Shelter from wind, rain and cold is a basic human need.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian
organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and
homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a
matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the
conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent
place to live in dignity and safety.
All are welcome.
Habitat has an open-door policy: All who desire to be a part of this
work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
We are driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love
of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Our mission and
methods are predominantly derived from a few key theological concepts:
- Putting faith into action —
Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the
teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our
love must not be words only — it must be true love, which shows itself in
action. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith
and love into action. We bring diverse groups of people together to make
affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone.
- The economics of Jesus —
When we act in response to human need, giving what we have without
seeking profit, we believe God magnifies the effects of our efforts. We
refer to this perspective as “the economics of Jesus.” Together, the
donated labor of construction volunteers, the support of partner
organizations and the homeowners’ “sweat equity” make Habitat’s house
building possible. By sharing resources with those in need, Habitat
volunteers and supporters have made decent, affordable housing a reality
for more than 1 million families worldwide.
- The theology of the hammer —
Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground — bridging
theological differences by putting love into action. Everyone can use
the hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. Habitat’s late
founder, Millard Fuller,
called this concept “the theology of the hammer.” “We may disagree on
all sorts of other things,” said Fuller, “but we can agree on the idea
of building homes with God’s people in need, and in doing so using
biblical economics: no profit and no interest.”
Habitat for Humanity welcomes all people to build with us in
partnership. “The Bible teaches that God is the God of the whole crowd,”
explained Fuller. “God’s love leaves nobody out, and my love should not
either. This understanding drives ‘the theology of the hammer’ around
the world, steadily building more and more houses in more and more