"We are called to make religion real, to make our faith come alive. Helping others have a decent place to live is one way to do that and it doesn't take too long for others to recognize it too."
-Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity
Shelter Is a Basic Human Need
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and to making affordable shelter available to all who need it . 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. Habitat for Humanity has a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion, and we welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and faiths.
Foundation on Faith - Key Theological Values
Habitat is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating substandard, unaffordable 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 show 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 homebuilding possible. By sharing resources with those in need, Habitat volunteers and supporters make decent, affordable housing a reality.
- 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."