“It’s easy to stay stuck, to be stuck in poverty. Some people inherit money, but some people inherit poverty. To think outside of the scope of poverty is hard. So when you have a hand up, that hand up turns out to be a different kind of inheritance: hope.” - Jose, who moved into his family's Habitat home at age 15
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity is your independent, local Habitat for Humanity office. We are part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope. We are 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. We were 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 should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated on October 12, 1988. Since then, we have helped over 175 families achieve strength, stability, and independence through home ownership.
Members of the Willamette West Habitat for Humanity board of directors volunteer their time and expertise to further our mission to eliminate substandard housing in Washington County. The board of directors operates independently of Habitat for Humanity International and in accordance with its own set of bylaws.
OUR RELATIONSHIP TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL
Willamette West Habitat is your independent local office of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat is a worldwide, grass-roots movement. There are more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Use the Habitat for Humanity International affiliate search to find Habitat affiliates in other areas.
Concerned citizens from all walks of life come together as volunteers to form a Habitat affiliate in their community. Fundraising, house construction, family selection and other key decisions are carried out by the local affiliates. Habitat for Humanity International provides information, training, support and other services to Habitat affiliates worldwide.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome, 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.
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity’s auditors, Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt P.C., have expressed an unqualified opinion on our June 30, 2019 financial statements. Those financial statements included associated notes that are essential to understanding the information presented here.
We were pleased to hear that 86 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to our mission of building and repairing affordable homes, and that it costs us only 7.7 cents to raise one dollar.
The purpose of the Homeowner Impact Survey was to examine and highlight the ways in which Partner Family lives are enriched by a Habitat home and ancillary benefits like education, health, safety, employment, financial stability, sense of community and change in governmental assistance.