Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. In 1965 Millard and Linda visited Koinonia Farm, a small interracial Christian community in Georgia, where the idea for Habitat for Humanity first began. At Koinonia, the concept of “partnership housing” began centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. Since 1976, Habitat has helped 6.8 million people across the world find strength, stability, and independence through safe, decent, and affordable shelter.
Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only – it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action.
In 1988, a group of community and congregation volunteers formed Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity. Over the next 10 years, those volunteers worked to complete and sell to new homeowners 30 homes. Since then, the Maumee Valley Habitat has added the ReStore in 2004, Home Repair Ministry in 2009, and A Brush With Kindness in 2010. In the past 24 years, they have built or rehabbed and then sold over 170 homes.
“The Bible teaches that God is the God of the whole crowd,” explained Fuller. “God’s love leaves nobody out, and my love should not either. This understanding drives ‘the theology of the hammer’ around the world, steadily building more and more houses in more and more countries.”