History/Mission

Our Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

About Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County

Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through 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.

All are Welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County 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.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate andrepair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

History of Habitat for Humanity International

Initially, Habitat for Humanity was little more than an exciting idea in the minds of two unusual men – the late Clarence Jordan and Millard Fuller.

In the early 40’s, Clarence Jordan helped develop a cooperative Christian community near Americus, Georgia. They believed that race does not divide people in God’s sight. Difficult times plagued the group, organized in the belief that Christianity requires a social conscience as well as a spiritual dimension.

Meanwhile, a highly successful businessman named Millard Fuller, was experiencing the personal costs of becoming a millionaire before age 30. With his health, marriage, and religious foundation failing, he gave everything away to work with those less fortunate.

In the late 60’s Jordan and Fuller came together to begin a mutual dream of “partnership housing.” Their basic premise was, “what the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers.

In September of 1976, Fuller called together a group of committed Christians to discuss the future of this dream. Habitat for Humanity as an organization was born at this meeting. If you would like to visit Habitat for Humanity’s International web site, please click here.

Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County History

Organized in the spring and incorporated on October 25th, 1990, the Ontario County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is a fully autonomous, non-profit, tax-exempt organization which is responsible for its own fund raising. Its Board of Directors and officers are volunteers from several towns, various churches, and civic organizations throughout the area.

Habitat volunteers work in partnership with responsible low-income families to construct inexpensive but sturdy homes. The families then purchase the homes on a no-profit, low interest basis. Building sites are donated to, or purchased by Habitat. Local volunteers, churches, and businesses then donate or help raise funds to purchase materials, tools, labor, and services. Families help design and build the home they will eventually live in, within guidelines set by Habitat. They also spend four hundred hours working on a Habitat house. When their home is completed, they purchase from Habitat with an affordable mortgage. Their payments enable Habitat to continue building houses for other people.