"To eliminate poverty housing and to make decent
shelter a matter of conscience and action within the Valley."
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, tax-exempt,
ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to working with people in
need to improve the conditions in which they live. Its major purpose is
to build homes for people who live in sub-standard housing and cannot
afford to improve their living standards by conventional mean. We are a
volunteer driven organization.
In the thirty one years that Habitat For Humanity
International has been in existence they have built over 212,000 houses
would which provide needed shelter for over 1,000,000 people through
volunteer labor and donation. There are over 2500
affiliates in 100 different countries
The local Affiliate was formed in October of 1993 and
affiliated in 1996.
13 houses have been providing simple decent shelter
for 76 people. . The proceeds from this race will go to provide
material for another house.
Our objective to eliminate poverty housing and make
decent shelter a matter of conscience and action within the Valley.
The houses that Habitat builds are constructed or
renovated using as much volunteer labor and donated materials as
possible. Habitat can accept government support for land acquisition,
site preparation, permits, and administrative costs, but must raise the
materials for each house. This is the purpose of the Marathon. The houses
are then sold, for the cost of the materials only, to very low income
families in need at NO INTEREST/NO PROFIT.
The cost of a house is repaid over a fixed time
period at payments that the family can afford. These payments are then
recycled to build more houses. The homeowners are required to participate
in the construction of their own home with 500 hours of "Sweat
We have seen the effects that working side-by-side
has on the recipients and the volunteers. The volunteers get a better
understanding of the reasons that keep families at the poverty level. The
families learn some construction skills that will help them for a life
time. Most of the homeowners have had promotions since receiving their
homes. Their children have graduated from high school and college. Our
Board members have employed some of the family members in their
businesses. Some of the recipient homeowners are now Board Members. Many
of the families donate their time and resources to Habitat's program.
They are not just homeowners they are confident people who have become
vital members of the community.