Habitat For Humanity works with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which people can experience God's love, and can live and grow into all that God intends.
The Campus Chapter leads small groups on one-time service projects in the Harrisburg area, raises funds for Harrisburg Habitat, holds educational events on campus to inform the student body about Habitat, and participates in a special Spring Break Service Trip. Trips go out Saturadays from 8:00am-2:30pm. Some additional trips have been planned for weekdays.
Habitat For Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to make adequate, afforable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.
The concept that grew into HFH was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus, Ga. The Fullers, who had recently left a successful business to pursue Christian service, began talking with Jordan, cofounder of Koinonia, about developing a concept for "partnership housing". In a letter to begin raising funds, they wrote, "What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable, and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance. The Fund for Humanity will meet both of these need."
In 1968, Koinonia laid out 42 half-acre house sites with four acres reserved as a community park and recreational area. Capital was donated from around the country to start the work. Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest. The basic model of HFH was begun. In 1984, former president Jimmy Carter took his first Habitat Work Trip. His involvement in Habitat's ministry broiught the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work across the nation. Since the, HFH has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses with families in need, becoming a true leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.