To build affordable homes in partnership with families in need of a hand-up, not a hand-out.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
About Our Affiliate
Habitat for Humanity RFV is an independently funded, peak performing local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Donations to HFHI fund housing projects overseas while donations to Habitat for Humanity RFV fund housing right here in the valley.
At Habitat RFV, we like to say, “We build homes, we build hope, and we build community.” We partner with families who need a hand-up, not a hand-out. Our Home Building Program makes homeownership possible for families who are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but who have a stable job, good or no credit, and who demonstrate the willingness to contribute 250 hours of sweat equity to the building of Habitat homes.
Our mission is accomplished through community participation. Habitat can only afford to build houses because we engage the community. We rely on mostly unskilled volunteers to help construct houses less expensively than could a for-profit builder, enabling us to sell the homes at a price homeowners can afford. For example, 3,200 volunteer hours were contributed to building the Basalt home completed in 2015. More than 15 groups, ranging from banks to hotels to the Aspen Jewish Congregation to the Basalt Police Department, helped.
Habitat RFV conducts a training program with the Rifle Correctional Center, Colorado Department of Corrections, wherein inmates receive “on-the-job” construction skills working on our homebuilding sites and classroom education that prepares them for the “Best Card” construction certification test. Helping to construct homes for people in need, the inmates contribute an essential service to Habitat. We could not build as many homes as quickly as we do without their invaluable labor. The DOC and Habitat share the goal of helping offenders maximize the time they are incarcerated and assisting them in reaching their potential upon their release.
Our affiliate is actively involved with Habitat at the state and national levels. Two of the five national ReStore committees are chaired by Roaring Fork Valley staff.
In the lean years following the 2008 economic downturn, Habitat added more staff than both hospitals and both school districts in the valley as a result of our ReStore growth. Today Habitat employs 34 staff, ranging from full-time main breadwinners to part-time high school and college students.
Habitat’s work has been featured seven times on Denver’s CBS4 News and is often written about by the local newspapers, e.g., green building, Department of Corrections training program, and the ReStore’s success.
All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is an inclusive organization: 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.