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Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission: Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

About Haywood Habitat for Humanity
Haywood Habitat for Humanity, formed in 1990, 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.  Haywood Habitat 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. Since 1990, our non-profit ministry has served over 50 Haywood County families.

All are welcome
Haywood Habitat 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
What does Haywood Habitat do for our community?
Habitat builds communities by providing new, decent, affordable housing.  Tax dollars are saved each time a family moves beyond subsidized housing.  In addition, tax dollars collected from Habitat homeowners go back into community services and improvements.
Do you give houses away?
Habitat is not a giveaway program.  Each house is sold to our partner homeowners with a no-profit and no-interest loan.  Additionally, all partner homeowners must invest 400 hours of volunteer labor, called "sweat equity", to qualify to become a homeowner.
Who funds Haywood Habitat houses?
Individuals, businesses, faith communities, civic organizations, and foundation grants fund and build Habitat houses.  In addition, mortgage payments from our homeowners go back into our program to fund future home construction.
Can anyone purchase a Habitat home?
Haywood Habitat is a program for families who have need.  Currently, we require that a familiy's income is 60% of the county's median income to qualify for our program.


Executive Director-Jamye Sheppard

Jamye joined Haywood Habitat as executive director in August 2014.  She brings 25 years of professional experience in all aspects of nonprofit organizations based in the DC metro area, Western North Carolina, and South Carolina.  A graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Accounting, Sheppard has served in senior non-profit management positions with Dining for Women, UNC Asheville, Folkmoot USA, and Daniel Boone Boy Scout Council.  On joining Haywood Habitat, Cooper said, " It is personally gratifying to professionally align with my belief that having a safe and stable home is foundational. Access to affordable housing directly impacts health, education and employement.  Home is where everything starts."

Construction Supervisor- Joey Massie

Joey joined Haywood Habitat in spring 2011. He has 35 years experience as an independent building contractor within Haywood County. Through training and research, Joey is adding his expertise to building the most energy-efficient houses in the county. He leads volunteer crews on the building sites and is involved in all facets of meeting Haywood Habitat’s goal of building  quality homes for God’s people in need.

michelle 3 640x640ReStore Manager-Michelle Smith

Michelle joined Haywood Habitat as our ReStore Manager in June 2013. She served in the Coast Guard before moving to Haywood county in 1998.  After a career in law enforcement and retail management, Michelle pursued her passion in non-profit with Haywood Habitat.  "I love reatil work and fundraising," says Smith, "and this job is a perfect fit for me."

P7105090Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator-Kim Alvarez

Kim joined Haywood Habitat in April 2012, and is the first friendly voice you hear when you call our office.   Her extensive experience in the construction industry as an office manager is invaluable to Haywood Habitat. Kim has a degree in business management and is also certified in several healthcare occupations.  A Florida native, Kim is the mother of two and lives in Waynesville. 

walter 3 640x640ReStore Staff - Walter Christian

Walter joined Haywood Habitat May 2011.  He has a strong belief in Habitat and shares that with customers and volunteers.  His knowledge of building materials and their uses along with his cheerful attitude are always appreciated by our customers.  

ReStore Driver/Dispatcher - Kyle Farlow

Kyle has worked with Haywood Habitat since 2015, joining us full time in 2016.  We are lucky to benefit from Kyle's ReStore experience in Florida.  Kyle has a keen eye for treasures in the store and is always happy to help customers find them.  

ReStore Associate - Corey Stevens

Corey joined our staff as a part-time member in 2015.  He quickly proved his value in helping with store duties, working with customers, and being our all-around flexible guy.  We are happy that in 2016 Corey was able to become a full time staff member.

Board of Directors


Laura Leatherwood, President
Katy McLean Gould, Vice President
Amy Spivey, Secretary
Bill Snyder, Treasurer
Kent Stewart, Immed. Past Pres.


Andy Bailey
Martha Bradley
Lisa M. Brown
Jim Darby
Joy Garland
Chris Lorish
Mike McKinney
Laura Tragesser
Walton Garrett, Ex Officio
Jay Somers, Ex Officio


Mike McConnell, Ex Officio Legal Counsel



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