About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. This usually includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median level. In most cases, prospective Habitat partner families make a modest down payment that covers closing costs. Additionally, they contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.
Currently, there are more than 1,400 Habitat affiliates in the United States and about 70 national organizations around the world which support Habitat efforts to build, rehabilitate and repair homes with those who cannot access conventional home loans.
Community-level Habitat for Humanity affiliates, like Habitat Wake serves a specific area in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area. This includes fundraising; building site selection; partner family selection and support; house construction; and mortgage servicing. All Habitat affiliates are asked to tithe a percentage of their contributions to fund house-building work in other nations. These contributions provide much-needed funds for international building and give affiliates the opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of Christian partnership.
In FY2014, Habitat for Humanity served more than 300,000 families – about 1.6 million people – through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs or increased access to improved shelter through products and services.
Just as you can’t build a house with only one tool, you can’t eliminate poverty housing with only one approach. Nearly four decades into the mission, Habitat’s work has expanded and adapted to meet the needs of people in radically different shelter situations around the world. Since Habitat was founded in 1976, more than 1 million families – representing more than 5 million people – have a safer place to sleep at night and a foundation on which to build better lives. In addition to the 1.6 million people helped through direct services last year, another 1.6 million people now have the potential to improve their housing conditions through a wide range of indirect services — from training in construction and financial management to advocacy efforts that change policies and systems to allow more access to shelter solutions.
Together, we are building homes, communities and hope. If you would like to be a part of improving the lives of others, consider volunteering your time and talents, donating financially or donating material goods to the ReStore or being an advocate for safe, affordable housing for everyone.
One person can make a Difference!
Additional benefits that Habitat around the world has delivered in 2014:
Wake ReStores are thrift stores with a mission!
Our mission is to make a difference in Wake County. The ReStores accept new and gently use home goods, furniture, appliances, building materials, flooring, lighting and resell to the public at reduced prices. All materials are repurposed for a purpose! Proceeds from the ReStores support the mission of Habitat Wake to build safe, affordable homes in partnership with hardworking, low-income Wake County familes.
Celebrating 30 years of making a difference!
This year, Habitat Wake will celebrate its 30th Anniversary and milestones include the building of our 500th home and touching our 1,000th family!
All because of a chair…
When you donate to the ReStore, you are supporting your community and providing financial support that makes a difference. How it works:
- Joe donates a chair that is diverted from the landfill.
- Wake ReStore places Joe’s donated chair on the sales floor.
- Mary comes to the ReStore and purchases Joe’s donated chair.
- Proceeds from the purchase of Joe’s chair go directly back into the mission of Habitat Wake!
- Habitat Wake partners with a hardworking, low-income Wake County family to build a safe, affordable home.
- Volunteers help build the house that changes the lives of a deserving Wake County family!
When you shop, donate or volunteer at the Wake ReStores, your support helps build homes, makes a difference in your community and encourages hope for a better tomorrow.
Monday, January 19th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Celebrated on the third Monday of January, MLK Day is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. King’s life and legacy by making this a day of community service, “a day on, not a day off.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”
Each year on MLK Day, Americans across the country come together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. MLK Day is a chance to make an impact in your community.
What are you doing to make a difference on MLK Day?
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will be completing three home preservation projects and two raised gardens in the Long Acres/Apollo Heights neighborhoods. These events are part of our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. NRI has partnered with Long Acres and Apollo Heights to foster and engage the residence and other significant stakeholders in the community to develop a common plan of recovery and vision for the future.
Volunteer with Habitat Wake for MLK Day of Service.
MLK Day of Service festivities kick off on Monday, January 19th at 8:15 a.m. at our host church – Maple Temple, located at 304 Dacian Rd. Raleigh, NC 27610.
Volunteers can participate by volunteering for exterior repair or to help construct raised gardens. There will be a brief MLK presentation after lunch to celebrate the day.
If you are interested in participating in the event, please sign up on our volunteer hub by clicking HERE. Event is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Making the Season Brighter!
Over the past several weeks, we have encouraged shoppers to drop off unwrapped toys for the local, Toys for Tots initiative. Today, Anthony Montano, a ReStore employee retrieved donations from all ReStores and delivered them to the Toys for Tots distribution warehouse. I suspect this warehouse is similar to what Santa’s warehouse looks like, just prior to Christmas! Everywhere you look toys, bikes, games, and stuffed animals piled high.
Anthony was so excited to be able to drop off a large collection of items and to experience the energy of busy volunteers sorting, organizing and sharing the joy! This year over 66,000 toys will be distributed in the next few days to local children. These children are not unlike any others however, living in a low-income situation. It’s unfortunate that many families must choose between paying rent, purchasing food or buying Christmas presents for their children. Toys for Tots is one organization that has stepped up to the plate to help make Christmas a little bit brighter for these families.
Thank you for all who donated, whether you dropped off at one of our ReStores or dropped off elsewhere – You Made a Difference!