Habitat for Humanity® of Southwest Utah (HFHSWU)
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah is an ecumenical housing ministry committed to providing safe, decent, affordable housing for qualified low-income families who would otherwise not be able to buy a home. Working with volunteers, families, corporations, congregations, and donors we are working to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live – starting right here in Washington County, Utah.
Habitat for Humanity’s Mission
An organization that builds a better community by providing families a home where they become healthier, where kids leave for school in the morning, do their homework at night, where parents rest from one day and plan for the next.
In decent, affordable housing, walls are strong and roofs are secure – and the family inside focuses on thriving instead of surviving.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
ReStore Mission Statement:
The ReStore supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, through operation of a home improvement discount outlet, through recycling and conservation efforts, and by promoting sustainable programs.
The History of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah
HFHSWU was established in May 1998, for the purpose of building houses in partnership with low-income families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing. Our affiliate has completed 21 homes providing affordable housing for 100 individuals. We are completing our 22nd home in Hurricane right now!
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah’s ReStore, a home improvement thrift store, opened in 2008, with the purpose of supporting the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah. Local businesses, contractors, and individuals donate items to the ReStore for repurposing, reuse, and resale. The ReStore diverts many items otherwise destined for the landfill, and seeks every opportunity to expand recycling and sustainability efforts. Proceeds from the sale of items at the ReStore help fund the affiliate’s mission.
In 2010, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah implemented the “A Brush with Kindness” program, to assist low-income homeowners by completing needed exterior home repairs. Our affiliate has now completed dozens of “A Brush with Kindness” projects to date, several of which are in the category of Critical Home Repair.
In 2012, our affiliate implemented the RepairCorps program, to assist low-income U. S. Military Veterans in obtaining home preservation repair services. Our first two veteran repair projects were accomplished through funding support provided by The Home Depot Foundation, Celebration of Service Grant, and volunteer labor provided by local active duty and military veterans.
Habitat for Humanity in essence:
- Established May 1998
- Serves Washington County
- To date, built 22 homes in Washington County and tithed our earnings for construction of another 22 overseas.
- Utilizes dozens of volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours for the construction of each house
- Keeps building costs at a minimum from donations of funds and materials
- Partners with low-income families
- Offers a “Hand-up … Not a Handout”
- Partners with families willing to provide up to 500 hours of “sweat equity hours,” make a down payment, and commit to keeping monthly mortgage payments current
- Sells completed houses at no profit and 0% interest
- Channels mortgage payments into the Fund for Humanity, a revolving construction account used to build more houses
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah’s work does not end in our local community. HFHSWU currently tithes $4500 per home built in Washington County and 10% of net income from ReStore sales toward building homes internationally.
HFHSWU has, to date, supported the work of Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Chile, and Haiti.