About Us

Who We Are

Habitat for Humanity Osceola 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.  Habitat for Humanity Osceola 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, women 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

Habitat for Humanity Osceola has a 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.  Since its inception in 1996, 12 new homes have been constructed and 14 have been revitalized with the contribution of sponsors, volunteers, and the sweat-equity of the new homeowners.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in 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.

FAQ

Q: Who founded Habitat for Humanity?

A: Habitat for Humanity was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller. Millard Fuller, an attorney from Georgia, thought it was unfortunate that working people in the richest country in the world couldn’t afford to buy their own homes. In the late 1970s, the couple gave away most of their material possessions and changed their career paths in order to give back to the community. They founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976 as an ecumenical, Christian housing ministry. Osceola County Habitat for Humanity was approved as an affiliate by Habitat for Humanity International 1997.

Q: How does Habitat for Humanity work?

A: We invite people of all backgrounds, all faiths, or no faith, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Q: How many houses has Habitat for Humanity built?

A: Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 600,000 houses around the world, providing more than 3,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, quality, affordable shelter.

Q: How are recipient families selected?

A: We select families on the basis of need, willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity and ability to repay the mortgage loan. Partner families have a zero-percent-interest mortgage. Mortgage monies are directly recycled to build more Habitat for Humanity homes in Osceola County.

Q: Is Habitat for Humanity a charity?

A: We’re a nonprofit organization. Families pay for homes both monetarily and with hours of sweat equity. We offer families a hand up instead of a hand out.

Q: How does Habitat for Humanity manage to give on this large scale?

A: We rely on individual and corporate gifts of money, materials and land, as well as volunteer labor.