HomeBuilder Faith CommunityNevada County Habitat for Humanity
“I see life as both a gift and a responsibility. My responsibility is to use what God has given me to help His people in need.”
—Millard Fuller, Co-Founder, Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity was built upon a foundation of faith. Established in 1973 as an extension of Koinonia Farm – a Christian community in Americus, Georgia – Habitat’s mission statement is “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
Since its founding Habitat works in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and approximately 70 countries, and has helped more than 13 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Nevada County Habitat for Humanity (NCHFH) takes the spiritual core of the Habitat mission seriously. To give legs to this commitment, NCHFH has established the HomeBuilder Faith Community.
Nevada County Habitat for Humanity: We are Building on Faith
The HomeBuilder Faith Community Program
A Habitat for Humanity HomeBuilder Faith Community is one that supports the ongoing efforts of Nevada County Habitat for Humanity and builds awareness of the Habitat program and issues relating to the lack of access to affordable housing locally and beyond; and prays for the lives and communities of those touched by NCHFH, which often can include vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, disabled and socially marginalized. We believe very strongly in the power of prayer, and know that our work could not continue without it.
HomeBuilder Faith Communities uphold and strengthen the spiritual core of the Habitat for Humanity mission locally. Ecumenical in nature, all faith traditions are welcome to become designated a HomeBuilder Faith Community.
How to Become designated as a HomeBuilder Faith Community
Designate a HomeBuilder Coordinator
To facilitate coordination and communication, the Faith Community will designate a HomeBuilder Coordinator, who will be a representative member of the Faith Community Homebuilder Team.
Habitat for Humanity HomeBuilder Events
Once a year, or more often if desired, the Faith Community will hold a special Habitat for Humanity HomeBuilder Event. This event is meant to bring the members of the Faith Community awareness of the local housing crisis, how the Habitat mission contributes to the solution, and how the specific Faith Community and its members can participate.
Making a Financial Commitment
The HomeBuilder Faith Community will commit to making a financial commitment to Nevada County Habitat for Humanity. This commitment can be met through various means, such as: a) Special offering, b) Monthly, quarterly or annual donation, c) Sponsorship of a Nevada County Habitat for Humanity event, d) Donations from individual Faith Community members.
NCHFH Commitment to HomeBuilder Faith Communities
- To support HomeBuilder Faith Communities, Nevada County Habitat for Humanity will provide resources to recognize and encourage involvement.
- Homebuilder Faith Communities will be supported by the ongoing media strategies of Nevada County Habitat for Humanity. Individual HomeBuilder Faith Communities will be acknowledged: 1) In local press releases, NCHFH blog postings and newsletters (as appropriate), and 2) On the HomeBuilder Faith Community page on the NCHFH website.
- Host an annual recognition event/conference for HomeBuilder Faith Communities.
- Provide each HomeBuilder Faith Community with a plaque/certificate that can be hung publically.
Current Nevada County Habitat for Humanity HomeBuilder Faith Communities
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
First Baptist Church
First Congregational Church of Auburn
Grass Valley United Methodist Church
Peace Lutheran Church
St. Canice Catholic Church
Sierra Pines United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center
“I always felt like education was my bright star at the end of a dark tunnel,” Sharon tells us. After graduating from Nevada Union in 2000 she started a nursing program, but had to quit when she had significant complications during her pregnancy with her first child. She eventually returned to school, but has been able to only take a class or two at a time because of her need to care for her children and to work. But she won’t ever give up.
“I never dreamed having a Habitat for Humanity home would be possible — but it is! We’ve been provided a surprise light! Just knowing I’ll have a safe place to call home, where I can hear my children laughing and playing in the back yard, my heart is filled with gratitude.”
“During the five years in our Habitat home my faith has strengthened, especially in myself. Our lives have changed exponentially. This truly is a ‘forever home’ for us.” —Corinne
“I know it’s an overused phrase, but this was a real dream come true for me. And the dream for my children came true. For the first time in my life I have a future with ground under my feet that won’t disappear.” —Nicole
“Through Nevada County Habitat for Humanity I was given the tools and opportunity to succeed and the stepping stone to advance our lives. My Habitat home was a real, solid and safe place for me and my family.” —Amanda