Inclusiveness

 
Welcome to Habitat for Humanity! Since our inception in 1976, we have partnered with people from all walks of life to create access to decent and affordable housing for over 5 million people worldwide. At Habitat for Humanity of Teller County we know that our strength and success relies on the power of people who come together to make a difference.

The idea of a global movement to build homes and community was conceived on Koinonia Farm in the late 1960’s when hatred and discrimination was swirling around them. Established in the early 1940’s, Koinonia Farm was a humble, integrated farming community in southern Georgia, whose residents believed in the equality of all human beings. The black and white residents of Koinonia Farm were victims of violence, persecution and terrorism because of their strong beliefs. Yet, they stood together as equals during an era of segregation, and demonstrated their strength as a community. Habitat for Humanity was inspired by Koinonia Farm founder Reverend Clarence Jordan and made a reality by Millard and Linda Fuller. The idea of bringing together people, from all walks of life, to pick up a hammer as an instrument of God’s love and build houses around the world, was an extension of the deep belief in inclusivity held on the farm.

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.

Based on the Habitat’s full belief in inclusivity, Habitat for Humanity of Teller County will actively include people from all walks of life in our work and be intentional about developing a diverse network of partners. Together we embrace our common humanity, as we work side by side building a community where everyone has a decent affordable place to call home.