Welcome to Haywood Habitat for Humanity!
Since 1990, we have been building affordable housing in Haywood County. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, we envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and seek to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
SECU funds a house in every NC county
Haywood house one of the first to get underway in WNC
On the count of three, community members hoisted up and secured the first wall of Jeramie and Patricia's future home. Not only is the family's home the fourth house being constructed within Haywood Habitat for Humanity's Walton Woods subdivision, but it's also one of the first homes being constructed in Western NC through the State Employees Credit Union's ambitious Mountains-to-Sea Challenge. The challenge aims to fund the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in each of North Carolina's 100 counties, and the SECU Foundation has put up $10 million to make it happen. "As employees of SECU, we're absolutely delighted to be involved with a project like this," said SECU Senior Vice President Barbara Walls. "It just fits perfectly with the credit union's philosophy of helping people have safe, quality homes." If all goes as planned, Jeramie and Patricia and their two children - Madison, 3, and Jaxon, 2 - will be in their new home by next summer. "We're so excited," Patricia said. "Right now we're in a rental situation that's not that great and this will give us a permanent place to call home." "Habitat is more than building houses. It's about giving people ownership of their lives. These families go through the application process, financial management training and have hundreds of hours of working on their homes in the process," Sheppard said. "Home ownership can change someone's entire life trajectory."
Giles honored with "We Nailed It" award
Sandy Giles, Senior Pastor of First Methodist Church of Waynesville, was honored with the first "We Nailed It" award presented at our Annual Meeting on June 20, 2017. The award is reserved for persons who make a substantial impact on the organization through volunteerism. Giles was recognized for his vision and leadership in the project where all of the Haywood County Methodist churches volunteered and raised the funds to build a Habitat home for a qualifying family. It was at Giles' urging that the organization embarked on the project, the first of its kind in Haywood Habitat's 28 year history. Executive Director Jamye Sheppard said, "Sandy is the kind of person that sees a need and does something about it. His work has had an extraordinary impact on the family that moved into the home, and on our organization. The Methodist build has placed us in a period of volunteer growth unlike any we've experienced in many years. He has inspired us all." (June, 2017)
ReStore to sponsors 47th new home
Thanks to the support of donors, shoppers, and volunteers, the Haywood Habitat ReStore has earned enough funds to sponsor a new home in Walton Woods, the first Habitat neighborhood located in Waynesville. In early November, ground was broken for the home that will be the 47th built by Haywood Habitat, and the 2nd to be sponsored by the ReStore that began operations in 2011. Construction is expected to begin in January 2017.
The ReStore is a retail sales operation with the mission of recycling, reusing and repurposing building materials and home furnishings. All of the monies raised by the ReStore are used to build houses for needy families within Haywood County. (November, 2016)
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.