What We Do

Habitat for Humanity: A Christian ministry

Shelter from wind, rain and cold is a basic human need
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety.

All are welcome
Habitat has an open-door policy: All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

We are driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Our mission and methods are predominantly derived from a few key theological concepts:

Putting faith into action
Habitat's ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only— it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action. We bring diverse groups of people together to make affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone.

The economics of Jesus
When we act in response to human need, giving what we have without seeking profit, we believe God magnifies the effects of our efforts. We refer to this perspective as "the economics of Jesus." Together, the donated labor of construction volunteers, the support of partner organizations and the homeowners' "sweat equity" make Habitat's house building possible. By sharing resources with those in need, Habitat volunteers and supporters have made decent, affordable housing a reality for 6.8 million people worldwide.

The theology of the hammer
Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground— bridging theological differences by putting love into action. Everyone can use the hammer as an instrument to manifest God's love. Habitat’s late founder, Millard Fuller, called this concept "the theology of the hammer." "We may disagree on all sorts of other things,” said Fuller, “but we can agree on the idea of building homes with God's people in need, and in doing so using biblical economics: no profit and no interest."

Habitat for Humanity welcomes all people to build with us in partnership. "The Bible teaches that God is the God of the whole crowd," explained Fuller. "God's love leaves nobody out, and my love should not either. This understanding drives 'the theology of the hammer' around the world, steadily building more and more houses in more and more countries."

What We Do

Over the past 25 years, Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County (HFHDC) has built and rehabilitated dozens of affordable houses using volunteer labor and donated materials for low-income families in Delaware County to purchase with “Sweat Equity” and a 0%-interest mortgage. We give a hand up, not a handout. We are excited to announce that HFHDC will provide an additional service to low-income families in Delaware County this year. We will issue 0%-interest home repair loans and perform the home repairs side-by-side with them.

According to the most recent U.S. Census data, over 75% of low-income families in Delaware County cannot afford their housing, sacrificing food and health care to pay for shelter. The number of families we can serve depends on the generosity of our donors. The HFHDC thrift store covers all of the general operating expenses, so 100% of your tax-deductible contribution goes directly to our mission and programs. We invite you to join the HFHDC family today. Please help us to address the urgent housing crisis in Delaware County and change a life forever!