Faith & Community Partners

Our faith and community partners in Lenawee county are valued resources as we work together to fulfill our vision of a world where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live.

When our faith and community partners commit to helping us build a home, they are not just writing a check and walking away. They are truly committing to help us build—volunteering side-by-side with future homeowners as they build their own, affordable home. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County offers a service opportunity for congregation members, putting faith into action.

In 2019 we will be beginning our first Faith Build, where congregations of many faiths join together to sponsor and build a Habitat home. To be part of this build, contact our Development Director, Carrie Hartley, at chartley@habitat-lenawee.org or 517-265-6157.

Faith partners

Tithe

In accordance with the Biblical model of tithing, all Habitat affiliates are encouraged to give 10% of undesignated gifts to one of the nearly 70 countries in which Habitat for Humanity is active.

In Lenawee, Habitat splits their tithe between the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and for the first time in 2018, the International Disaster fund.  Through this fund we have served over 30 families in our partner countries.

Haiti

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 58.5% of the population living on less than US$2.42 per day. The 2010 earthquake destroyed 105,000 homes and damaged another 190,000. Of the more than 2 million survivors, more than 1.5 million were left homeless. Habitat for Humanity Haiti’s work encompasses new home construction, community rebuilding, and land reform advocacy. For more information, visit Habitat for Humanity Haiti.

 

Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the number of inadequate housing is greater than the number of families without homes. This figure is growing annually by an average of 50,000 to 60,000 homes.  The high cost of construction services and low income of families do not allow them to have access to formal means of construction, aggravating the quality and safety of homes.  Habitat is developing construction programs, generating partnerships with micro-financial institutions to facilitate access to credit for low-income families, and creating programs of financial and construction education.   For more information, visit Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic.

International Disasters Fund

In response to the 2017 flooding in the southern United States, Habitat Lenawee chose for the first time to support the International Disasters Fund.  This fund helps to provide shelter assistance, education, training and partnerships to individuals who find themselves in unthinkable situations around the world.