Raising Awareness, Money, Walls and Hope Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live
To put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1987. During the first 12 years, the affiliate was a strictly volunteer ministry with no paid staff. Through the generosity and faith of all those volunteers we were able to build/renovate five homes for five amazing families. In 1999, the leadership of our affiliate was determined to increase our impact, serve more families, and provide solutions to address the need for simple, decent affordable homes in Hampden County. Since then, the affiliate has done just that! Fifteen years later, we’ve served 58 families and counting, 54 families served through home ownership opportunities, and four families through our new program, A Brush with Kindness. Additionally, we have proudly served over 87 families in Guatemala.
Habitat’s mission is unique as it requires partner families to work alongside the community that is reaching out to help them. Each Habitat partner family provides “sweat equity,” or physical labor, toward the construction of their own home, other Habitat family homes and special projects. Partner families provide between 300-500 hours of sweat equity and participate in educational programs designed to help them achieve successful homeownership.
Habitat partner families are selected based on three specific criteria:
- Ability to pay a zero-percent interest mortgage
- Need for simple, decent shelter
- Willingness to partner with the organization, sponsors and community volunteers
All are welcome
GSHFH has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
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