SJV Habitat for Humanity Ministry

“True Faith must be Acted Out.”– Millard Fuller, founder Habitat for Humanity

Contact Nancy Williams
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What is Habitat for Humanity
About the SJV Habitat for Humanity Ministry
Why Become Involved

What is Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that builds decent, affordable housing with families in need. Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is our local affiliate, building affordable housing in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

 

Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

 

Habitat Homeowners

One of the most commonly asked questions is “How are Habitat Homeowners selected?”

Applicants must meet three criteria to become Habitat Homeowners:

·         Ability to pay – Must meet low or very low-income criteria, have acceptable credit, and be able to pay their affordable mortgage (which does not exceed 35% of their income).

·         Housing Need – Current housing is unsafe, unhealthy, overcrowded, or unaffordable

·         Willingness to Partner – Willing to invest up to 500 hours of sweat equity in the construction of theirs and other Habitat homes.

Applicants’ ability to pay is evaluated by Habitat staff. Those who qualify are interviewed by volunteers of the Family Selection Committee (FSC) to evaluate housing need and willingness to partner. Final approval is made by the Habitat affiliate’s Board of Directors.

For more information about Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley, view their website at: www.habitatebsv.org.

About the SJV Habitat for Humanity Ministry

Who We Are

We are parishioners who work with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley to build, rehab or repair houses in our local communities. We began our ministry in 2005 and have built new houses from the ground up and rehabbed existing homes in Antioch, Bay Point, Oakland, Martinez, and Walnut Creek.

We are a ministry for people who want to meet infrequently and get out and DO.

You are welcome to join us whenever your schedule allows – there are no long-term commitments – though we believe once you volunteer on a build site you will be hooked and will volunteer whenever you can.

What Do We Do

  • Build simple, decent, affordable houses with hardworking, low-income families in need.
  • Advocate for affordable housing in Contra Costa County.
  • Build community at SJV through ministry activities.
  • Have fun together while helping others!

How we Communicate

We will announce volunteer opportunities via email and in our Parish Bulletin. To receive our email communications, contact the Ministry Facilitator.

 

Opportunities to Volunteer

·         Build, Rehab or Repair Houses:  Organized workdays, usually one Saturday a month, for parishioners to work together to build or rehab Habitat for Humanity houses with future Habitat homeowners.  Training provided by Habitat for Humanity construction supervisors. Must be 16 or older.
Want to build during the week (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)? Or Become a Habitat “Regular?” Contact Ministry Facilitator to find out how.

·         Family Selection Committee (FSC):  Join the FSC and help select new families for Habitat homes. Training provided to team interview applicant families to determine need for housing and willingness to partner with Habitat. The FSC meets monthly, the 4thThursday of the month at Habitat headquarters in Oakland, (participation via conference call, also an option).

·         Faith Partner Committee: An interfaith committee with representatives from various faith communities in Contra Costa County who partner with Habitat to plan for the involvement of their faith communities in Habitat projects.  Faith Partners meet monthly for 1 hour on the 4th Monday of the month.

·         Fundraising for Habitat for Humanity:  Plan and hold events in our parish to raise funds to build homes for low-income families. Funds benefit our local affiliate Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

·         Lunch for volunteers:  Prepare and serve lunch for volunteers working at a Habitat build site on various Saturdays throughout the year.

·         Advocacy:  Advocate for affordable housing at the local , state and national levels through letter writing and attending civic meetings on land use, plan approvals and funding.

 

Other Ways to Help 

  • ReStore – Habitat’s retail outlet that accepts donations and sells used and new building supplies at discounted prices. Have something to donate? http://www.habitatebsv.org/ReStore or call (510) 777-1447

  • Car Donations – “Cars for Homes” Habitat’s vehicle donation program. It’s easy, they do all the work; all donations are tax deductible; and the proceeds fund the building of affordable housing in our communities. www.habitatebsv.org

  •  Property Donations– Low-cost and donated land is essential for Habitat to continue its work. If you have property – developed or undeveloped – that you would like to donate to Habitat, please contact JP Lor at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (510) 803-8337 for information.
      
  • Corporate Team Building – If you Company (large or small) is looking for a fun and  rewarding team building day, Habitat will organize a work day for you company. For more  information: http://www.habitatebsv.org/Support-Us/Corporate-Partnerships.        

 

Why Become Involved

What existing volunteers say about being part of the SJV Habitat Ministry

  • Sense of partnership – whether my contributions are big or small, we work together to build something
  • Community building within the parish – making the ‘big church” seem a little smaller.
  • We gain a greater “understanding of differences” in culture, values, lifestyle of the people we work with and the Habitat families.
  • We get to learn how to build and repair things.
  • Sense of accomplishment, “I helped build this house.”
  • It makes us feel good.
  • Joy in being able to help other people.
  • Reminds us of all the blessings we have, helps us not to take things for granted
  • Satisfaction of fulfilling a basic need for a family.
  • Makes me feel I’m answering God’s call.
  • Gives me a sense of purpose in my life.
  • Let’s me use the talents God gave me.
  • Energizes me because the people in this ministry are so enthusiastic and giving.
  • It’s fun!