Our History

habitat-square-logoHabitat For Humanity – The Organization

Mission

To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Vision

A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Values

Housing for All – Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.

Human Dignity – We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those who help us in this effort. People are our greatest resource.

Partnership –
We can best achieve our mission through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with others.

Faith in Action – Building on our Christian foundation, we serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion. Faith is lived through action.

Diversity and Inclusiveness –
There is a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values. We seek to enrich our organization through diversity.

Habitat for Humanity began in 1968 because Linda and Millard Fuller of Americus, Georgia, U.S. had a passion to provide access to safe and decent housing for everyone and to have people, from all walks of life, come together to make this vision come true.  In 1984, former United States President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn took part in their first ever Habitat build and continue to do so to this day.  To date, Habitat has built 800,000 houses in over 100 countries around the world, providing more than 4 million people with safe, decent, and affordable shelter.

Habitat for Humanity – International

In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International as an organization was born at this meeting. The eight years that followed, vividly described in Millard Fuller’s book, “Love in the Mortar Joints,” proved that the vision of an International housing ministry was workable. Faith, hard work and direction set HFHI on its successful course.

canada-mapHabitat For Humanity – Canada

Habitat for Humanity Canada’s vision, mission and values are delivered by Habitat for Humanity affiliates that work in over 300 communities across Canada. Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliates select and prepare partner families for homeownership, manage the construction of Habitat homes, and hold partner family mortgages. They play a vital role at the local level by engaging community volunteers, securing resources, increasing the profile of Habitat for Humanity and raising awareness about the issue of affordable housing in their communities.

Former Governor-General, The Right Honourable Ed Schreyer and his wife, Lily, are the patrons of Habitat Canada and volunteer at the annual Ed Schreyer Work Project “blitz” build.

Habitat for Humanity Canada was established in 1985, has almost 70 affiliates and has built 2,000 homes nationwide with more than 300,000 volunteers logging 11.2 million hours on build sites. Working under the direction of trained professionals, volunteers have hammered 35.4 million nails and screwed in 56,000 light bulbs! They’ve installed 3,000 toilets, 5,000 sinks, 24,000 windows and 36,000 doors, and applied 80,000 gallons of paint to help transform the houses into homes! Thousands more have helped build homes in other countries through our Global Village program.

Habitat for Humanity – Kamloops

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops (HFHK) a Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliate, was established in 1999.  To date, safe, decent, affordable housing has been provided for 8 families, and we’re not stopping! Our homes are built by volunteers under the direction of a Site Supervisor and funded by individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships.

Helping Families and Communities

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops partner families spend a maximum of 30% of their income on interest free mortgage payments, as opposed to the 50-75% many were paying for housing prior to Habitat home-ownership. As a family’s financial situation improves their dependence on social services decreases, creating a better contribution to the community and local economy.

Adequate and affordable housing leads to improvements in health, education and emotional well being.

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