Building Communities One House at a Time
“The year 2016 is a very special one for us as we celebrate 25 years of building homes and hope in the communities we serve in the Solano/Napa area. There is something magical and joyous when a family in desperate need of decent housing receives the keys to their new Habitat home. Or when a homeowner with a deteriorating home is able to see that home restored to its former luster. How that impacts them ripples out over the years in many tangible and intangible ways. Our experience shows that it makes them better members of our communities.”
Habitat for Humanity builds homes because they believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, they build communities, hope, and the opportunity for families to help themselves.
Applicants for Habitat for Humanity housing go through a rigorous screening process that includes evaluation of the families in terms of their needs: overcrowded living conditions, safety and health concerns such as leaky faucets and mold, and the ability to buy an at-cost home and pay a low, no interest mortgage.
According to Gerry Raycraft, president of the board of Solano/Napa Habitat for Humanity based in Fairfield, applicants must attend an orientation that provides information on what is required of them, including “sweat equity.” Two working people contribute 500 hours of volunteer labor, a single person, 250 hours. About 80% of all labor is provided by volunteers, so this aspect of the requirements is extremely important.
“Sweat equity” can take many forms, from building homes, site clean-up, working in a Habitat ReStore, assisting in administrative duties, or countless other ways of helping out. Future Habitat homeowners also take classes to learn how to manage a home and finances, and details about their mortgage, insurance, maintenance, safety, and more.
Habitat homeowners then pay an affordable mortgage, and their monthly house payments help build homes for future homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity relies heavily on volunteer labor, donations, and grants to “keep the doors open and the lights on.” Call 707-422-1948 or go to www.SolanoNapaHabitat.org to join this amazing organization.
“Through Shelter, We Empower.”
– Joye Ogrodowski
Habit for Humanity ReStores are non-profit home improvements stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to build homes, communities, and hope locally and around the world.
- Bathroom Fixtures
- Building Materials
- Doors & Windows
- Home Furnishings
- Lawn & Garden
- Lighting & Ceiling Fans
- Outdoor Living
- Tools & Hardware
104 Commerce Court, Fairfield, CA
(at the Cordelia Border)
Gerry Raycraft | President of the Board
5130 Fulton Drive Suite R Fairfield, CA 94534
707.422.1948 | www.SolanoNapaHabitat.org