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Houston Habitat for Humanity
Transcript of Houston Habitat for Humanity
Millard Fuller's Story
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, by Mildred and Margaret Fuller
They decided to sell all of their possessions, give the money to the poor and begin searching for a new focus for their lives, and in 1973 his family moved to Zaire
In 1996, former U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity International
Worked with Exxon as an environmental health coordinator
After a trying first year dealing with funding, vandalism and stolen equipment, the first house built by Habitat was dedicated Dec. 24, 1988.
As of 2012, the organization has built nearly 900 houses available to families for no-interest payments, and "sweat-equity," where the homeowner can help in constructing the house in lieu of a down payment.
Britton Cartwright, Jeremy Eddington, Ashton Geisendorff, Julia Madden, Kristie Yit
Interesting, short stories relevant to Houston Habitat
Like us on Facebook/Twitter
*Sign up online or at the build site!
Provides information about: volunteer opportunities & upcoming events
Condensed, important news and activities
25 volunteers per day per site
led by site leader
volunteers do not work more than 7 hours
must be at least 16 years old
minors cannot handle power tools and must sign a release form
youth 14+ can help with this (only exception)
Founded in 1987
Reach: 3,000 Houstonians in homes, more than half of which have been children
During the Jimmy Carter Works Project in 1998, Houston Habitat for Humanity became the first Habitat Affiliate to build 100 homes in one week
92% of funding spent on program expenses
"(Habitat) has captured my heart in a way I never really intended. I just found there's a lot of need in this world, and this is a way I can ease the burden."
Abdimalik, his wife, and two elementary aged boys were sharing a small apartment
After his father volunteered and recommended Houston Habitat to his son, Abdimalik applied to become a Houston homeowner
Soon after being selected for Houston habitat’s Milby Park neighborhood and matched with the sponsor GE Energy Company, the wife became pregnant with twins
GE, along with Green Mountain Energy and New Living, their home was the first Habitat home to be totally ‘green’ from having solar panels to healthy indoor building material
Developed ‘green’ due to one of their sons developing asthma at their old apartment
Habitat International Facts
Habitat for Humanity International today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 800,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 4 million people worldwide.
Habitat has been devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing, a self-described "Christian housing ministry," and has addressed the issues of poverty housing all over the world.
Current CEO: Jonathan Reckford
“I see life as both a gift and a responsibility. My responsibility is to use what God has given me to help his people in need.”
Houston Habitat Facts
Homeowner Story: The Abu Family
1. Ability to pay
Employed for at least one year
Within income range: in Houston 50%-80% of area income
Must live in inadequate housing
Poor Living conditions: mold, leaks, etc.
Too expensive: paying 50% of income or more for housing
3. Willingness to partner
Complete 300 hours of “sweat equity"
Who to Contact
Corry Bell - Volunteer Coordinator
Lauren Ramsey - Volunteer Coordinator
comfortable loose clothes, closed toe shoes, sunscreen
Day on the site:
work on shell of house
arrive at 7:30 am ready to work & finish at 2:30 p.m.
*Water is always available
install mudslide, walls, hurricane straps, frames
finish frames, cut out windows doors
instal blue boards and windows doors
start kitchen, bath and closet
Day 5 and 6:
install attic door frame and porch and finish other unfinished work
Houston Habitat for Humanity Origins
"Houston Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to
eliminating substandard housing locally
constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes
; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all."
Volunteering with Habitat
In the office
Executive Director: Allison Hay
Started working with Houston this year
Has history working with
Houston Aphasia Recovery Center
Brings new perspective and fresh approach to Houston Habitat Leadership
Source: Habitat International Facebook
Habitat history and acts
Volunteer information sign up
How to apply for housing
Stay Connected and Spread the Word!
Houston Habitat has many ways to engage with its mission outside of volunteering.
You can use any of the following tools to stay informed and spread the word about what Houston Habitat does:
Source: Houston Habitat Facebook
Homeowner Story: Lesley
After growing up in the welfare system, Lesley moved around a lot as a child and did not want that for her four kids.
As a full-time worker and single parent of four, she was the first in her family to graduate high school and to receive a degree at a technical/business school.
Source: Houston Habitat Facebook
Houston Habitat Background
Houston Habitat Structure
The Volunteer Experience
Staying Connected & Spreading the Word
Source: Houston Habitat
“She is a wonderful example of local, hard-working families who need a hand up, not a hand out, and we are here to help – along with the support of generous partners like Lowe’s annual Women Build project who sponsored and built Lesley’s home!”