About Central Valley Habitat
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability every day.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, Inc. brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
CENTRAL VALLEY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the ecumenical Christian housing ministry founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in 70 countries around the world. Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.
Habitat welcomes people from all walks of life to partner in serving families in need and creating a better community for everyone who lives here.
Central Valley Habitat for Humanity was organized in 1988 when a group of volunteers at the Bridgewater Interchurch Food Pantry became concerned about the deplorable housing conditions they saw in the community. They incorporated as a non-profit organization and were approved as a Habitat affiliate. Central Valley Habitat dedicated its first house in Grottoes in 1989.
Since then, Central Valley Habitat for Humanity has continued to build simple, decent homes for sale to low-income families at no profit and no interest in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. As of the spring of 2014, Central Valley Habitat for Humanity has completed 55 homes in Bridgewater, Briery Branch, Broadway, Elkton, Grottoes, Harrisonburg, Hinton, and Timberville.
The cooperative effort between Habitat volunteers and partner families has grown to include three Habitat Campus Chapters at local schools, twenty-five Covenant Churches, and many local businesses and organizations.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Diversity and Inclusiveness
Habitat for Humanity welcomes people from all walks of life to partner with us as volunteers, donors, employees and homebuyers. We celebrate and value our diversity, welcome differences and leverage the collective strengths of all people.
A Hand Up, Not a Handout
Habitat for Humanity does not build homes for people, but with them as equal partners. Habitat homeowners build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
The Power of Homeownership
We believe in the power of homeownership to build strength, stability, independence, and opportunity for families and communities.
Focus on Community
Habitat for Humanity is committed not just to building homes, but to building community. We prioritize our construction efforts within focus neighborhoods to maximize our impact.
Volunteerism as a Social Change Strategy
Habitat for Humanity volunteers don’t just reduce cost – they are our ambassadors and partners in helping to change the world. We are committed to offering opportunities for people in our community to put their values into action.
We strive to create strong, productive and mutually-beneficial partnerships with like-minded organizations in service of our common vision – a community where everyone has a decent place to live.
Transparency and Accountability
We are committed to the efficient use of our financial, environmental and human resources and to full and accurate reporting to our donors, volunteers and partners.
We’ve accomplished a lot already. But we can do more, and we are called to do more.
Our plans proposes big goals: transforming lives and neighborhoods, engaging a coalition of support, influencing housing policy and building a sustainable organization. Through the planning process, we’ve committed to thoughtful inclusive decision-making as we move forward towards these goals.
In short, it proposes a new framework for how Habitat does business.
As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance to 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.
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P.O. Box 245
205 Dry River Rd.
Bridgewater, Virginia 22812