I love my house. I love coming home after a long day, kicking off my shoes, and collapsing on the couch. I love it when my home is filled with family, and friends, and the smell of good food cooking on the stove. I love its imperfections, every smudge and scratch telling my family’s story.
Home is the place where we should all feel completely at ease; safe places to rest, and play, and retool for the hard work that we do Out There.
Unfortunately, there are many hardworking families that have no safe place to gather –to eat dinner, talk about their day, and tuck their sleepy kids into bed. For these families a modest home in a safe neighborhood is unattainable.
Established in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a worldwide Christian housing ministry with local affiliates scattered throughout the United States (more than 1,400 of them) and more than 70 national organizations around the world. The organization was founded by Millard Fuller, a self-made millionaire who, shortly after achieving ambitious professional goals in his late 20’s, suffered a crisis of faith that led him to search for meaning, purpose, and direction in his life. He and his wife Linda sold all their possessions, gave the money to the poor, and established a number of non-profit organizations, including a ministry in housing that would later become Habitat for Humanity International.
In 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Butte County was established here in Chico. They set up shop with a volunteer staff, the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and a clear and simple mission statement that reads:
“Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Families applying for a new home built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Butte County are carefully screened and selected based on their need for housing, their willingness to work alongside volunteers throughout the building process, and their ability to pay for their new home after it’s completed. Sweat equity, no-interest loans, and Habitat’s no-profit business model make the houses affordable, foster pride of ownership, and lead to the development of strong relationships among volunteers, homeowners, and staff that last well after the last nail is driven and the paint has dried. Mortgage payments are based on the income of the new homeowners and enables Habitat to build additional homes.
The organization’s operational expenses are funded through revenues from Restore, a second-hand retail business managed by Habitat for Humanity where community members donate and purchase new and used building supplies at a discounted rate. Private donations, grants and fundraising events provide additional support.
We’ll work from 7:30 – 3:00 with skilled craftsmen who have assured me that no skills are required of us… only a caring heart and a willingness to get in there and help. I can’t think of no better way to spend a Saturday.
Grab a friend, sister, daughter… (you get the idea –it’s all girls) and get registered. Be sure to choose the “Grace Community Church” group when you are registering so it will point you to the right work date and group. If you have trouble, send an email to deanna@butte habitat.org. She’ll jump in and help you get registered.