O F F I C E R S
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
Public Information: George Gallaher
Site Selection: April Gill
M E M B E R S - A T - L A R G E
Pictured above Larry Sorge preparing the forms for the front porch
on our current build.
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.
leader, crew members with various talents of construction, plumbing,
landscaping, painting skills, electrical, and willing to learn.
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
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.
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
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
Applications are to be filled out and
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,
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.