A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
About Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity
Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All are welcome
Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
A History of Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity
Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity was incorporated in December 1989 after a handful of Wilson residents came together to establish a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The Americus, Ga., -based organization was a teenager, just 13 years old in 1989, and had recently been bolstered by former President Jimmy Carter. Habitat for Humanity was growing rapidly throughout the United States and in foreign countries.
Wilson Area Habitat completed its first house in 1991 and completed its 15th house in 2014. Wilson County, which is the territory for WAHFH, has a large number of abandoned and substandard homes and a high percentage of renters vs. homeowners. WAHFH has constructed homes using volunteer labor and, through most of its existence, without any paid administrative staff. Faithful volunteers have provided the leadership needed to keep WAHFH in the business of “building homes, communities and hope,” as the Habitat for Humanity Mission Statement says.
WAHFH has relied on local churches for volunteers and for funding. Several of Wilson’s Habitat houses have been sponsored, at least in part, by local churches. Because Habitat is a Christian ministry, it relies on support from churches and church groups. One of Habitat for Humanity’s mission principles states: “We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter.”
Families in need of decent housing may apply to Wilson Area Habitat to be considered for selection as a partner family. The family selection process is based on need for shelter, ability to pay the mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat. Habitat houses are sold at no profit, and Habitat mortgages charge no interest; therefore, Habitat homes are affordable to the target population of 30% to 60% of local median family income. Partner families must contribute at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” in their homes. Any Wilson County resident interested in applying to be a partner family may submit an interest form to the local Habitat office.
To further the mission of Habitat for Humanity, Wilson Area Habitat opened its Habitat ReStore in 2004 at 115 S. Lodge St. In November 2015, the ReStore moved to a new location at 626 Ward Blvd., behind Pizza Inn. The ReStore accepts donations of new or gently used building materials, tools, equipment, hardware, furniture and other items. The ReStore does not accept or sell clothing or bedding. All profits from the ReStore go into the primary mission of providing homes for local people in need.
Wilson Area Habitat pays a tithe of 10% of its net undesignated income to Habitat for Humanity International. These funds are used to build homes in Third World countries, where local donations are not available. Wilson Area Habitat tithes have funded 11.5 houses in other countries.