Our Mission, Our Vision:
To construct simple, affordable, and decent housing in partnership with families, volunteers, and the community for God’s people in need.
Our vision is a community, and a world, where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our mission is much bigger than building homes.
Since its founding in 1991 by a group of volunteers, Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County (Habitat Mesa) has built affordable housing in the Grand Valley area because we believe that everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home.
Habitat Mesa is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (Habitat), a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. We build community by giving deserving, hardworking families an opportunity to purchase a home so they can stand on their own, find stability and build a safe and secure foundation for their family’s future.
How we build is just as important as what we build. Our houses are built with a contribution of five hundred volunteer hours of “sweat equity” labor on the part of the soon to be Homeowner. By investing themselves in the building process, Habitat Mesa families gain self-reliance, self-esteem and new skills.
Working side-by-side with Habitat families, countless volunteers and sponsors invest time, money, materials, and their expertise into building affordable homes. Habitat volunteers, donors and business partners gain new relationships, which extend far beyond the immediate impact of building a house together. Habitat brings together people from all walks of life, with varied skills and economic backgrounds to achieve a common goal of service to others.
Habitat was first imagined at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia. Founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan in 1942, Koinonia Farm was committed to community and racial equity. In 1973 at Koinonia Farm, Jordan, along with Millard and Linda Fuller, developed the concept of “partnership housing,” which emphasized people working side by side to build decent, affordable homes. From that idea, Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976. Today, Habitat has affiliates working in more than 1,400 communities and 70 countries.
In 1992, the 10 Habitat affiliates in Colorado founded Habitat for Humanity of Colorado, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The organization helps build the capacity of affiliates by increasing access to resources, facilitating communication between affiliates and the community, and providing statewide leadership toward the creation of thriving communities that support healthy families. Today 27 affiliates are building safe, decent, affordable homes in 42 Colorado communities for hardworking, low income families.
Habitat, and its affiliates, is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All are welcome… Habitat has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on 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.
Habitat ReStore… is our retail home improvement store that sells new and gently used items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. ReStore benefits the community by keeping reusable items out of the landfill and provides a source of discounted materials to all homeowners. The income generated helps build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter — a good deal for you, your community and the environment.
Our original ReStore was opened in 2003 in a small, downtown location on Pitkin Avenue, and became a huge success that allowed us to grow into our current 20,000 square foot location on the north side of town ( 2936 North Avenue).
Habitat Volunteers… Volunteers give their time and passion to help build Habitat homes. Over 43,000 hours are donated between our ReStore and Construction volunteers each year, helping us to keep our mission and operation running smoothly. To learn more about getting involved, link to our Volunteer page.