Habitat for Humanity
Byron Held

Our Mission, Vision, Strategy and ValuesPicture

Joseph (son of of Maria R) working on their new home.
Our Mission: Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity (CCHFH) works together with God and people from all walks of life, to develop partnerships with people in need by building and renovating houses, creating simple and affordable homes in decent communities in which every person can experience God's love and can live and grow into all that God intends.

Our Vision:
Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing in the community and to make simple, decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. We strive to put shelter on the hearts and minds of all people such that poverty housing and homelessness become socially, politically, and religiously unacceptable in our nation and in the world. We strive to engage all community members to provide the necessary resources, money and labor, to fulfill our mission.

Our Strategy: We seek out God’s people in greatest need, with sufficient resources to pay back the cost of house construction or renovation, at no interest or profit, who are willing to partner with us. All partner families must complete a minimum number of sweat-equity hours before they can take possession. Habitat for Humanity provides all partner families with advocates, for a minimum of 6-months, to assist in making the transition to home ownership as smooth as possible.

Our Values: Our Christian foundation calls for us to set aside religious differences and work toward a common goal: to eliminate poverty housing in our community. Our values set the stage for this work:
Partnership: From its very conception, Habitat for Humanity has been built on partnerships — partnerships with families, churches, area corporations, community organizations, and individuals. We believe in the power of families working side by side with volunteers to build a Habitat House.
Homeownership: We believe in the power of homeownership to change lives, improve communities, and build the hope that can break the cycle of poverty.
Diversity: We believe that everyone, from all walks of life, deserves a decent, affordable place to live and that each person has something to contribute to building houses!
Volunteerism: We believe in the power of a community coming together to make a difference, and we are committed to providing exceptional volunteer experiences.
Stewardship: We believe we are responsible to our community and to those who give generously so that we can continue to build houses in partnership with families in need. We are committed to excellence and to the efficient use of our resources, and are accountable to our families, volunteers and those who provide us with financial support.

A Little More About Us

We have been serving Cowlitz County since 2000. During this time, we have served seventeen families in our traditional build portfolio of products and many more families through various support programs. It is our goal to greatly increase our ability to serve as many more families and to build sustainable communities and partnerships throughout Cowlitz County. We thank each of you who have made a significant difference in supporting our mission and serving families in need.

If you would like to volunteer you can go to our volunteer page or contacting us directly. We are always looking for supporters, volunteers and new partner families. You may also reach us directly by calling the office at (360)425-6177 or our Habitat Store at (360) 636-6765.
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