Welcome to Haywood Habitat for Humanity!
Since 1990, we have been building affordable housing in Haywood County. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, we envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and seek to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Giles honored with "We Nailed It" award
Sandy Giles, Senior Pastor of First Methodist Church of Waynesville, was honored with the first "We Nailed It" award presented at our Annual Meeting on June 20, 2017. The award is reserved for persons who make a substantial impact on the organization through volunteerism. Giles was recognized for his vision and leadership in the project where all of the Haywood County Methodist churches volunteered and raised the funds to build a Habitat home for a qualifying family. It was at Giles' urging that the organization embarked on the project, the first of its kind in Haywood Habitat's 28 year history. Executive Director Jamye Sheppard said, "Sandy is the kind of person that sees a need and does something about it. His work has had an extraordinary impact on the family that moved into the home, and on our organization. The Methodist build has placed us in a period of volunteer growth unlike any we've experienced in many years. He has inspired us all." (June, 2017)
Polzellas move into Haywood Habitat's 45th new home
Nicole Polzella and her daughters celebrated Christmas in their new home after moving in only days before the holiday. The Polzellas home is the first completed in Walton Woods, Haywood Habitat's new neighborhood. "I feel incredibly blessed. So many people (at Habitat) have helped me," Nicole said recently.
Nicole's path to home ownership was not without obstacles. Before applying and being accepted to Habitat's homeownership program, she faced common challenges related to rental housing conditions in Haywood County like the high cost of rent, being asked to move on short notice when the landlord changed plans, and raising her daughters in homes that were unsafe and unhealthy. Thanks to the United Methodist Churches in Haywood County, Nicole's home was sponsored and built less than a year from the time she applied. Donors, volunteers, the community, and homeowners themselves partner to make the Habitat model so successful. Thanks to everyone involved, Nicole and her daughters can look forward to many years of the stability safe, affordable housing brings. (January, 2017)
ReStore to sponsor 47th new home
Thanks to the support of donors, shoppers, and volunteers, the Haywood Habitat ReStore has earned enough funds to sponsor a new home in Walton Woods, the first Habitat neighborhood located in Waynesville. In early November, ground was broken for the home that will be the 47th built by Haywood Habitat, and the 2nd to be sponsored by the ReStore that began operations in 2011. Construction is expected to begin in January 2017.
The ReStore is a retail sales operation with the mission of recycling, reusing and repurposing building materials and home furnishings. All of the monies raised by the ReStore are used to build houses for needy families within Haywood County. (November, 2016)
Gift from Houck Foundation will help purchase ReStore truck
Waynesville residents Dave and Debbie Robison have made a $7,000 gift reality for our ReStore thanks to Dave's work as a trustee with the May K. Houck Foundation. The Robisons have been regular supporters of the ReStore for several years. When they heard the ReStore was in need of another truck for picking up donations, they sprung into action. "This gift, combined with other funds, will make it possible to replace our current truck that has travelled thousands of miles picking up almost 1,000 donations annually throughout Haywood County. The donations are the foundation of our ReStore sales that keep useable materials out of landfills and provide funding for our building program, so this gift is far more than just a truck." said Jamye Sheppard, Haywood Habitat Executive Director.
The Houck Foundation, based in Sarasota, Florida, was started by Dave's father and two other trustees in the 1970s as a way to distribute the estate of May Houck who dedicated most of her life to working with the blind and charities located in Rochester, NY and Sarasota, FL.
Pictured(l-r): Laura Leatherwood (President, Haywood Habitat), Debbie Robison, Dave Robison, Michelle Smith (ReStore Manager)
Williams family's home completed just in time for the new year
For Brittany and J.D. Williams' family, homeownership is a dream come true. They will be moving into their new 1100 square foot house in Clyde's Barefoot Ridge before the dawn of the new year. Family, friends, volunteers, donors, community leaders, and Habitat staff, joined the family to celebrate the dedication of their home on Sunday, December 13th. Brittany and J.D. have overcome incredible odds to prepare for homeownership, and to make it possible to have their family together under one roof. The children wrote and the read their personal letters of appreciation, along with their parents, at the dedication. All expressed gratitude to volunteers and donors, and the joy to have a nice home in a safe neighborhood with a great yard to play in. TheWilliams' home is the 44th constructed by Haywood Habitat, who has served 53 families in its 25 year history. The house was made possible through a sponsorship provided by donors Jay and Bucky Somers. At the groundbreaking for the project about a year ago, Board President Laura Leatherwood said " The Somers family gift of sponsoring a Habitat home is an incredible display of generosity. Their gift will impact a family for generations." For the Williams family, the Somers' gift is making an incredible difference. (December, 2015)
Walton Woods Groundbreaking
Haywood Habitat supporters gathered in Waynesville on September 24th for an official groundbreaking ceremony for Walton Woods, the affiliate's first neighborhood. Walton Woods will be developed on property on Davis Cove Road donated by Sarah Jane League and Gary Smith. Eight homes will be built on the property, Haywood Habitat's most ambitious undertaking in its 26 year history. Walton Woods is named after Walton Garrett, who started the organization in 1990, and who, at age 89, has worked on each of the 52 homes that have been built since that time. Site preparation will begin in early fall, and construction of the first two homes is scheduled for January 2016. (September, 2015)
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.