The next Volunteer Orientation is Monday, March 10th form 7-8 p.m.
at St. Paul Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries Center, 2916 N.
McKee Rd. Merced. Look for the Habitat sign in front of the
building. All volunteers must attend an Orientation before going to
the construction site or representing Habitat at any event.
Saturday, April 5th is our Giant Yard Sale – we are welcoming
vendors – rent two parking spaces for $10 and have your own yard
sale! Call 726-0850 to get an application mailed to you. St. Paul
Lutheran Hmong Ministries are holding a Giant Rummage sale in the
Parish Hall the St. Paul Lutheran School is holding a Rummage sale
on the school yard so lots of treasures and will be at 2916 N. McKee
Saturday, April 12th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Betsy
Murphy, Executive Director from Tulare County, will be facilitating
a workshop on the Brush with Kindness program. This program has an
application process to install handicap ramps, clean gutters, and
small paint projects, trimming bushes, yard clean up, etc. the
clients would pay for the materials and our Habitat volunteers would
do the work. Grants are also available for the clients if they are
on fixed incomes. We have a crew of UC Merced students who attended
our last Volunteer Orientation and are anxious to get started on
this project. Anyone interested in working on this project is
invited to attend this workshop. Call for a reservation 726-0850 as
lunch, coffee & bagels will be provided and the cost of the workshop
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
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,
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,
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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.