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Empowerment is our mission.

Habitat’s mission is to provide decent affordable housing for low income families. ‘Decent’ meaning houses are moderately sized—large enough for the homeowner’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs affordable. Habitat for Humanity uses quality building materials either donated or purchased locally. We build using volunteer labor, when applicable, to cut costs. The volunteer aspect brings the community together in a powerful way that helps create a sense of belonging and a network of support. The process of becoming a Habitat homeowner supports strength and empowerment through financial stability, education, community involvement and positive lifestyle choices. 


Habitat is a hand up, not a hand out. Partner families pay back a zero interest mortgage and are expected to complete up to 450 hours of Sweat Equity, including an educational component. Accountability is big part of the Habitat model, because it builds self-reliance, breaks the chain of poverty and provides opportunity for the next generation. 


Family selection is centered around Habitat’s three pillars which are: 


     • Need – meaning assessment of current living conditions 


     • Ability to Pay – meaning homeowners must be able to pay the zero-interest loan


     • Willingness to Partner – meaning homeowners must be willing to volunteer Sweat Equity hours

Habitat for Humanity International is comprised of independent affiliates all over the globe. Our affiliate began in 1993 – serving the community and building homes in Jefferson County. We have built 20 homes during that time and served even more families through critical repair and community involvement. Over the last couple of years, we have been growing and are excited about the next several years as we continue to build momentum. Thanks to a generous contribution from the City of Madison, we will be building six more homes in Madison over the next 2-4 years. We are also expanding our Home Repair program and continually growing the ReStore.

Our Dedicated Staff

Shelby Wilson - Marketing Director

Amanda Thompson - Volunteer Coordinator

Rachel Shields - ReStore Manager

Board Members

Kay Stokes, Steve Steiner, Eric Young,

Josh Payne, Trevor Crafton,

Devon Sharpe, Susan Cline, Larissa Perry

About our local organization.

A strong foundation of values.


We believe in a world where everyone has access to decent housing. It's our mission to actively demonstrate the love of Christ by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. That being said, we do not require people to be of any certain faith to participate in our programs. The main focus is on providing shelter, advocating for affordable housing, promoting dignity, and supporting sustainable and transformative development.

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