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Haywood Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, was formed in 1990.  Since then, our non-profit ministry has served over 40 families in the county.

Our mission: To build safe, decent, affordable homes in partnership with people in need.

Our Values: Haywood Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy.  All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background.  We build with people in need regardless of race or religion, and we welcome volunteers from all walks of life.

profile_photoMeet Our Executive Director:

Working within the strategic plan the Board of Directors adopted in July of 2004, Marnette Colborne was hired in February of 2005 as the first Executive Director of our affiliate.  Up until that time Haywood Habitat was a complete volunteer organization. Coordinating all the resources to reach our goal of building 10 houses per year by 2015 is a real challenge. Marnette is a source of continuity in the process, by being the “go to” person to speed response time to our supporters, suppliers, and volunteers.  From her experiences in the Criminal Justice and culinary fields, as well as her extensive volunteer work in Kiwanis, Safe Kids, Leadership Haywood, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Marnette brings a wealth of diversified experience to Haywood Habitat.  We are pleased to have Marnette as our Executive Director as we work towards our goal of eliminating sub-standard housing in Haywood County.

Meet Our Construction Supervisor: 

Joey Massie is the construction supervisor for Haywood Habitat.  Before he was hired in the spring of 2011, Joey had 35 years 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. Joey 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.

Meet our ReStore Manager

Gary Clontz worked as a volunteer on the Habitat contstruction site and was a part-time ReStore employee before he was hired as manager in October of 2011.  A native of NC, Clontz retired from the faculty of Haywood Community College in 2006 where he was a pottery instructor and also taught Business and Marketing for crafts. Clontz has always been interested in recycling and feels the manager position is a good fit for his skills and interests.

Meet Our Administrative Assistant

Kim Alvarez is the is the Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper and Volunteer Coordinator in the Habitat Office.  A Florida native, Kim moved to the Waynesville area 12 years ago. She has a degree in Business Management. 

Board of Directors

A local Board of Directors leads Haywood Habitat for Humanity.  As a working board, our Directors serve a two-year term and are actively involved in committee leadership and development of policy for the affiliate.


Laura Leatherwood, President
Katy McLean Gould, Vice President
Lorinda Whaley, Secretary
Suzanne Gernandt, Treasurer
Kent Stewart, Immed. Past Pres.

Mike Simonson,
Family Selection

Lorinda Whaley
Faith Community Relations

Andy Bailey
Amy Spivey 
Joe Sam Queen
Bill Snyder
Diana MacCarger
Chris Lorish
Walton Garrett, Ex Officio
Jay Somers, Ex Officio

Mike McConnell,
Ex Officio Legal Counsel

Employment Opportunities

Haywood Habitat for Humanity does not currently have any open positions for employment.  Please check back to see if we will be hiring in the future.

FAQ (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 families with a no-profit and no-interest loan.

-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.

Is Haywood Habitat a Christian organization?
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical housing ministry.  Founded upon Christian ideals, we partner with and welcome all faiths as we work together in eliminating poverty housing.


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