Our Mission:

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our Vision:

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

 We believe:

  • Every family has the right to a simple decent affordable home.
  • A simple decent home is a necessary ingredient for building a strong family.
  • Strong families are the backbone of good neighborhoods.
  • Good neighborhoods are the cornerstone of strong, caring communities.

About Habitat for Humanity:

Saginaw-Shiawassee 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. Saginaw-Shiawassee 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, decent place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

      We are…

  • careful stewards of all our resources.
  • supported by the faith community and receive active involvement from a broad base of congregations.
  •  strong in fund development, which secures broad financial support throughout the community.
  • actively involved in strong, productive collaboration with other area organizations to build viable communities

    We have…

  •  a family selection process which effectively assists and selects applicants and maintains a waiting list of qualified families.
  • a family support process which effectively prepares and mentors partner families on an ongoing basis.
  •  an efficient process with well-defined plans for each project.
  • an effective continuous improvement program.
  •  a dedicated, ethical and effective Board of Directors, Staff and group of volunteers.

Guiding Principles

Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian organization which follows the guiding principles of Habitat for Humanity International.

  • Demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ to all people.
  • Maintain the commitment to people to people partnerships.
  • Provide simple, decent and affordable housing for people and families who are living in inadequate housing and unable to secure conventional financing.
  • Be non-discriminatory in all matters
  • Select partners according to need, willingness to work and ability to pay.
  • Sell houses with no profit.
  • Tithe 10% of unrestricted cash donations to one or more Habitat for Humanity affiliates in a financially struggling country.

All are welcome

Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy. Anyone who believes that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with our 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  in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1.3 million decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 5 million people worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity International Mission Statement and Principles

Habitat’s vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission statement Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Mission principles

  • Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ. We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
  • Focus on shelter. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • Advocate for affordable housing. In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.
  • Promote dignity and hope. We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
  • Support sustainable and transformational development. We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

Non-proselytizing policy Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations 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 adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.