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Habitat for Humanity Mission
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God's love and can live and grow into all that God intends.
In all that we do in pursuing the mission of Habitat for Humanity, we pledge to:
Demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. We will act in all ways in accord with the belief that God's love and grace abound for all; that every human life is priceless; that we must never exploit another for our own profit; that Christ can multiply the miniscule to accomplish the magnificent; and that we are to act as faithful stewards of the resources we receive.
Advocate on behalf of those in need of decent shelter. We commit, as an integral part of our work, to communicating the needs of all people for safe and decent shelter, thereby engaging in deliberate efforts to leverage change within society to eliminate restraints that contribute to poverty and poverty housing.
Focus on shelter by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable houses. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God's love, to build adequate and durable homes with those in need of shelter, carrying out the belief that safe and affordable housing is a basic human right and a fundamental component of dignity and long-term well-being for every person on earth.
Engage broad community through inclusive leadership and diverse partnerships. We will work in people-to-people partnership. Following Christ's example, we believe that everyone--regardless of race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status-can work together for the good of all; that everyone can unite behind serving those in need within a human community; and that everyone has something to contribute to the work of building houses and hope.
Promote dignity through full partnership with Habitat homeowners and future home partners. We put into practice the belief that healthy self-regard-and the benefits that derive from that sense of worth-is promoted not simply by living in an adequate house, but by fully contributing to the process of acquiring that house and by the opportunity to help others also acquire adequate shelter. Promoting dignity also refers to the nondiscriminatory selection of all home partners based on need and willingness to partner.
Promote transformational and sustainable community development. We view our work as successful when it promotes holistic and lasting positive change within a community; when it helps empower those who have been powerless; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; when it promotes improved relationships among all peoples; when its goal is local, community leadership for ongoing work; and when it demonstrates respectful stewardship of all human, economic and natural resources.
Official Purposes of Habitat for Humanity
The official purposes of Habitat for Humanity are to partner with specific programs in habitat development globally, by constructing modest but adequate housing, and to associate with other organizations functioning with purposes consistent with those of Habitat, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world:
- By working in cooperation with God's people in need to create a better habitat in which to live and work.
- By working in cooperation with other agencies and groups that have a kindred purpose.
- By exemplifying the gospel of Jesus Christ through loving acts and the spoken and written word.
- By enabling an expanding number of persons from all walks of life to participate in this ministry.
"Anyone familiar with the Habitat for Humanity ministry knows that we build more than houses. We build bridges between communities that otherwise would not know one another. We build teamwork among individuals and groups from all walks of life as they gather on build sites and in boardrooms. We build dreams with families who often have nearly given up hope. And we build reality--the reality of a world that is a better place when we all come together."
"Through Habitat for Humanity, diverse talents and interests come together and complement one another. The combined efforts of individuals and groups around the world are what make Habitat for Humanity possible; they are what build dreams into reality."
Chairman, Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity International
- Lynn Grass
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