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Serving: Attleboro, Bellingham, Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk & Wrentham

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About Us

OLD COLONY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Old Colony Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1989 as Attleboro Area Habitat for Humanity and is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat succeeds in reintroducing into neighborhoods the most basic building block of any community – the homeowner. Habitat provides resources, guidance, and hope to aspiring families. These families work from within their neighborhoods, creating the change we all seek, and repaying the investment that we have made in them.

CONTACT US:
Please contact Old Colony Habitat for Humanity with any questions at 508-399-1781 or email our Executive Director at dir@oldcolonyhabitat.org.

OUR MISSION:
Old Colony Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing in partnership with families in need. Reaching across religious, cultural, and racial boundaries, we seek to restore a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through home ownership.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families invest hundreds of hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their own homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

Our service area comprises 12 towns: Attleboro, Bellingham, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.

A UNIQUE BUILDING MODEL:
Habitat for Humanity is known throughout the world for its unique “partnership housing” model that founder Millard Fuller envisioned – where volunteers work alongside the families who will own the completed homes to make a lasting change in their communities. Old Colony Habitat for Humanity acquires land and/or buildings from local communities, banks, and from generous individual donors. Professional architects and engineers then design our buildings, not only conforming to the local building code, but, as necessary, in line with the historic preservation guidelines. Once this is complete, our volunteers and partner families begin work on all aspects of construction.Habitat’s volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization. By using volunteer labor and many donated materials, Habitat is able to do what no other government or corporate entity can do; Habitat is able to facilitate change using the community and volunteers to leverage and multiply every dollar raised and ounce of energy spent. By working together, volunteers, corporations, congregations, individual supporters and homeowner families, the cycle of poverty can be broken, neighborhoods rebuilt, and community revitalized.

A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT:
A common misconception is that Habitat for Humanity gives away homes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Habitat for Humanity offers home ownership opportunities to working families who are unable to obtain conventional financing. To qualify for home ownership, Habitat families must meet 3 criteria:

  • They must have a need – earning less than 60% of the area’s median household income
  • They must be willing to partner — contributing 250 hours per adult of labor (“sweat equity”) to help the affiliate
  • They must be able to pay – a monthly mortgage payment that they can afford … they buy the house

A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out imageThrough volunteer labor, gifts in kind (lumber, materials, etc.), and charitable donations, Habitat for Humanity is able to build decent, affordable housing for substantially less than would otherwise be possible. The homeowner then receives a no down payment, zero interest loan directly from Habitat, spread out across a time period that allows monthly mortgage payments to fit into their budget.
Habitat for Humanity homeowners buy their homes, they contribute to the cause in a way that creates momentum for other homeowners, they are proud, hard-working, tax paying members of our communities. They are recipients of a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Old Colony Habitat Board members
Executive Committee:
William McKenna, President (Email: president@oldcolonyhabitat.org)
Manny Cunard, Executive Director (Email: dir@oldcolonyhabitat.org)
Scott Virzi, Treasurer
Jessica Duval, Secretary

Directors:
Debra Gagnon
Paul George
Mark Kolligian
Harold Messenger
Randy Miller
Robert Peixoto
Timothy Travers
Kris Turgeon

General Session meetings for the Board of Directors are held at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month. If you are interested in attending a Board Meeting as a guest, please contact us at 508-399-1781 or email our Executive Director at dir@oldcolonyhabitat.org.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL

VISION: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

MISSION: Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.

NON-PROSELYTIZING POLICY: Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversation to a particular faith.