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Habitat for Humanity of Merced County

                                         P.O. Box 423, Atwater CA, 95301-0423    (209) 726-0850

Board of Directors
President:  Jan Sorge
Vice President: Michelle Paloutzian
Secretary:  George Gallaher
Treasurer: Patti Houbein
C O M M I T T E E   C H A I R S
Administration: Janice Sorge
Church Relations: Janice Sorge
Construction: Lyle Allen
Family Services: Nellie Venegas
Finance:  Donna Hall
Fund Raising:
Public Information: George Gallaher
(209) 358-3811
Site Selection: Don Spiva
M E M B E R S - A T - L A R G E
Fred Pillsbury
Pete Delacruz
Brittany Oakes
Ida Johnson

Larry Sorge
Pictured above Larry Sorge preparing the forms for the front porch on our current build.

Click here if you would like to rent two parking spaces for the Yard Sale on Sat. April 11th, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church 2916 N. McKee Rd. Merced. The cost for two spaces is $10 and the checks need to be made out to Habitat for Humanity and mailed with the form to the church with HABITAT written on the left hand corner.

Click here for a Brush With Kindness Application

“Brush With Kindness” is a new project for our Habitat for Humanity of Merced County.  We are looking for people with construction experience or willing hearts and hands to work on short term projects such as a ramp, handicap bars, gutter clean out, bushes trimmed, leaves raked, etc.  Senior citizens and handicapped persons will have the opportunity to apply and be interviewed for the selection process.  Applicants will pay for the materials used and volunteers will do the work.


Need:  Construction leader, crew members with various talents of construction, plumbing, landscaping, painting skills, electrical, and willing to learn.


The Mission

A Brush with Kindness seeks to bring volunteers together to live out their faith and values through helping low-income homeowners restore their homes so they can continue to live in a safe, decent and affordable home.

The Vision

Habitat has the opportunity to establish A Brush with Kindness in our community as a way to connect volunteers and their resources with opportunities to live out their faith and values through restoring homes of at-risk homeowners. 

The Problem

A Brush with Kindness began in response to an overwhelming need in neighborhoods to help low-income homeowners who because of age, disability or family circumstance struggle to care for their home.  After years of deferred maintenance, homes fall into disrepair and consequently fall into a downward spiral of code citations, loss of homeowner insurance and ultimately in mortgage foreclosure that impact not just individual homeowners, but entire neighborhoods.  A Brush with Kindness helps homeowners avoid issues that can lead to losing their home. 

The Solution

A Brush with Kindness relies on churches, businesses and community organizations that contribute volunteers, finances and materials to effectively serve homeowners in need.  


 are available on our website:
Applications are to be filled out and mailed To:
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County
P.O. Box 423, Atwater CA 95301

Alejandro and Rosa Uribe-Chavez breaking ground for their new home located at 927 West Eighth Street, Merced CA on  March 29, 2014.

Our Vision

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.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

About Habitat for Humanity of Merced County
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County 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 of Merced County 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
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County 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.

 Board members or committee members are always welcomed. Join us at a board meeting to see if there is a spot that suits you. We meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries Building Conference Room, 2916 N. McKee Rd. Merced on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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