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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."
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ReStore 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 retail work and fundraising," says Smith, "and this job is a perfect fit for me."


Construction Supervisor-Ryan Newell

Ryan joined the Haywood Habitat team in May 2016.  His experience in all phases of construction are invaluable to our organization.  As President of NewHeight Builders, Inc., he was named "Southern Living" Custom Builder in 2006 and 2007.  A Waynesville native, he has instructed green building classes at Haywood Community College, been active in Rotary International, served on the advisory board of Leadership Haywood, and is a US Army veteran.

Board of Directors


Katy McLean Gould, President
Amy Spivey, Vice President
Laura Tragesser, Secretary
Bill Snyder, Treasurer


Andy Bailey
Martha Bradley
Lisa M. Brown
Rich Buell
Joy Garland
Travis Hyatt
Ryan Jacobson
Tracey Magdeburg
Mike McKinney
John Mark Roberts
Randy Rogers
Walton Garrett, Ex Officio
Jay Somers, Ex Officio


Mike McConnell, Ex Officio Legal Counsel



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