A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth 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 for Humanity was 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 for Humanity of Greater Plymouth 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.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts and an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. Habitat for Humanity (both the international organization and its local affiliates)is a nondenominational, Christian housing organization that welcomes all faith relations to join in building simple, decent, affordable, houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. The mission of our affiliate is the same as that of Habitat for Humanity International – To eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
In pursuit of that goal, our affiliate strives to provide affordable housing to families in need in the ‘Cranberry Country’ of Plymouth, Carver, Plympton, Middleborough, Lakeville and Kingston, Massachusetts. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth was recognized as an affiliate of Habitat International in 1997 after beginning as a chapter of South Shore Habitat for Humanity in 1995. We completed our first home in 1999 and continue to build homes as well as complete special projects such as critical additions and wheelchair ramps. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.
How We Help the Community
- Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. This helps with the normal ownership challenges. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. The partner family also pays all property taxes and insurance on the home. Habitat is not a giveaway program – it is a HAND UP and not a hand out. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
- A Brush with Kindness uses volunteer labor, donated materials whenever possible, and no interest, short-term loans to make repairs on homes, helping low-income homeowners continue to live independently and securely in their homes. For those who cannot afford to make minor repairs, the A Brush with Kindness program is essential to keeping their living conditions pleasant and safe.
Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth is managed by a Board of Directors made up of volunteers drawn from the communities we serve. Board members serve limited, rotating terms. Committees focus on specific areas, such as construction or public relations, and conduct much of the business of our affliate. If you would like to learn more about serving on the Board or on a Committee, please email us or call us at 508-866-4188 and let us know how you’d like to get involved.