Building the Beloved Community
Habitat for Humanity has a vision of a world where we share one humanity, and that’s a world that we believe in and fight for every day.
We are a faith-based organization, but we realize that faith must be coupled with works and action. As we share in the sadness, anger and uncertainty that have rocked communities across the United States — these protests of the systemic and racial injustice that have infused and informed the life of our nation — we recognize that we must do more.
We must create what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the Beloved Community” — a community that includes diversity and allows for tension undergirded by love and leading to transformation. To do so, we must truly love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We must change. And we must commit to tangible action.
We will do the work in our practices, our programs and our networks that brings equity to our efforts and helps bring justice to the communities in which we work. We will, throughout our ministry, connect issues of racial and social injustice with historic barriers to affordable housing and work to eradicate those barriers.
Historic discrimination in U.S. housing policy — particularly discrimination against Black Americans — is one of the chief drivers of racial inequities that persist today. Organizations like ours that work on housing must understand that history and have it inform our work.
In the tradition of the radical inclusivity that infused our birthplace Koinonia Farm from its earliest days, the leaders of our ministry commit to creating an environment where humility, open communication, dialogue and listening become our standard. In addition to being a space where people of all races, all faiths and all backgrounds come together in common cause, we commit to being actively anti-racist and to affirming, through word and action, that black lives matter and that our communities and systems must further this fundamental truth. We will ensure that our work is infused with courage and accountability so that we make our strong commitment to equity and true community a reality.
Your Support Goes a Long Way During this Crisis
Now, more than ever, having a quality and affordable home in which to shelter can make or break a family’s ability to overcome this pandemic.
Your gift goes a long way – especially during and after the COVID-19 crisis:
It has provided emergency food to families in need
- Our ReStore trucks have provided emergency food for 300 families to date though partnerships with other nonprofits including La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center
It creates and maintains safe, healthy housing
- We are expanding our critical home repair program with safety measures in place to keep everyone healthy
- Currently processing over 200 homeownership and home repair applications to help families access or maintain safe, quality and affordable housing
- Creating 50 new homeownership opportunities in the next 36 months across the San Gabriel Valley, including Alhambra, Altadena, Azusa, Baldwin Park, El Monte, Monterey Park, and Pasadena
It helps open and run our new ReStore in Duarte
- At the new Duarte ReStore, 100% of the store’s revenue will help speed the building and repair of homes right here in the San Gabriel Valley region
Thanks to your generosity, Habitat homeowners like Alejandra have been able to shelter at home and weather the biggest pandemic in our country’s recent history.
“Even during the COVID-19 crisis, our home gives us hope!” Said Alejandra. “We feel secure while sheltering in place.”
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Contact Paul: E-mail or call (626) 340-2280