Asked Questions

What is 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.
What is the ReStore?

ReStore is a retail store that accepts donations of new and gently used building materials, appliances and furniture and resells them at a significant reduction. The proceeds are used to fund the activities of Old Colony Habitat, including our home builds and “A Brush With Kindness” repair projects

How does Old Colony Habitat for Humanity help families and the community?

Families in our community partner with Old Colony Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers. They must contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” on their project, attend financial education classes, and pay an affordable mortgage.

Old Colony Habitat for Humanity is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. While we believe in a universal mission and vision, we build homes for local families and veterans in the 19 cities and towns in our service area.

Our service area comprises 19 cities and towns: Assonet, Attleboro, Bellingham, Berkley, East Freetown, Fall River, Foxboro, Franklin, Freetown, Mansfield, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Taunton, Medfield, Millis, Medway and Wrentham.

What guidelines is homeownership based on?

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

  • They must have a need – earning less than 80% 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.

Habitat for Humanity homeowners buy their homes, they contribute to the cause in a way that creates momentum for other homeowners, and they are proud, hard-working, tax paying members of our communities.

What is the Brush with Kindness Program?

Old Colony Habitat for Humanity has worked hard to translate the priorities and objectives set for the “A Brush with Kindness Program” to an effective plan of action that brings needed support to families throughout our Bristol and Norfolk County service area. The program began in the fall of 2014 and has been funded through generous contributions from The Peach Pit Foundation, Bristol County Savings Bank, Mansfield Bank, Webster Bank and Rockland Trust Bank. Since its start in November 2014, Old Colony’s “A Brush with Kindness” has completed many projects for eligible families.

What kinds of donations are accepted?

One time donations to support our mission to build home and help local families.

You can donate new or gently used items to our ReStore to support our mission and reduce items in landfills.  100% of the money raised helps us build affordable homes for local families.

You can do a corporate sponsorship to support the mission.

Consider planned giving through wills or trusts to support our mission.

Consider working with your employer to make a matching gift.

Make a purchase through Amazon Smile to support our mission.

Make a donation of a gift in kind of your volunteer time or materials to support a home build.

If you would like to start your fund raising efforts and reach out to your social networks on Old Colony Habitat’s, please reach out to dir@oldcolonyhabitat.org

Why should I donate my car to Habitat for Humanity?
  • All net proceeds from the sale of your vehicle will support Habitat for Humanity and help local families here in our communities.
  • Your vehicle donation may qualify for a tax deduction.
  • It’s fast and easy. Learn more about how vehicle donations work.
How do I donate my car in MA?

You can donate your car in 3 easy steps:

  • Start your donation online by navigating to our donation wizard, or call our hotline: 1-877-277-4344
  • Our team will ask about your vehicle, including the make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN) and current mileage.
  • When your vehicle is accepted, schedule a day and time for us to pick it up.
What paperwork do I need to donate my car in Massachusetts?
  • The State for Massachusetts will require a Certificate of Title in order to donate your car.
  • To complete your car donation, transfer your title by entering the name of the agency that processes our car donations, ADVANCED REMARKETING SERVICES in the buyer/purchaser field. Then, PRINT and SIGN your name in the seller/owner field EXACTLY as it appears at the top of the title.
How long does a Habitat for Humanity house take to build?
6-8 months
How long does it take to get a Habitat house?
The length of time to get a house will vary. On average the family selection process takes 3-4 months and construction takes 6-8 months.
What is the average size of a Habitat for Humanity house?
The average Habitat home in the U.S. — a 1,200-square-foot house with three bedrooms — takes 150 pounds of nails and 400 two-by-fours. Many materials are provided with gifts and in-kind donations from our corporate sponsors.
How does Habitat help families?

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Will Habitat for Humanity build me a house?
Prospective Habitat homeowners must demonstrate a need for safe, affordable housing. Need will vary from community to community. … Homeowners must also be able and willing to pay an affordable mortgage. Mortgage payments are cycled back into the community to help build additional Habitat houses.
How do you qualify for a house from Habitat for Humanity?
People qualify for a Habitat home by needing adequate, affordable housing, being able to pay for their mortgage in addition to other monthly expenses, and have a willingness to partner with Habitat to build their home and support the Habitat mission.
Why Volunteer?

At Old Colony Habitat for Humanity we believe that creating affordable housing is a community effort. We strive to create high-quality volunteer experiences for all members of the community seeking to respond to the need of affordable housing. Volunteering is a great way to support Habitat’s mission, meet interesting people, and learn new skills! Join with us to create a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.

What is there to do?

Volunteer with us at our ReStore to sort fun donations, or on a build site to hammer some nails! Join a committee, or start a campus chapter! Habitat wants to provide a welcoming environment for all skills and talents.

Want to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Olf Colony Habitat for Humanity?

To learn more about volunteer opportunities click here. 

These orientations are mandatory for those looking to volunteer at the Old Colony Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Orientations cover the mission and vision of Habitat and ReStore as well as volunteer opportunities and expectations.

What should I wear when I work on a build project?

You MUST wear closed toed shoes. In addition, we ask that you wear safe comfortable clothes that you can work hard in. Our activities on site include every aspect of building, so expect to get dirty. Also respect that we live in New England and we build year-round. While we plan to be indoors during rain and snow, there is not always heat or air conditioning on our sites. We suggest wearing multiple layers and expecting a range of temperatures. Our site has plenty of gloves and safety gear, but you are always welcome to bring your own if you have it.

What should I wear to volunteer at the ReStore?

Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and closed toe/heel shoes (athletic shoes or boots are best, no ballet slippers, crocs, heels, clogs, sandals, etc.).

Communities We Serve

Assonet, Attleboro, Bellingham, Berkley, East Freetown, Fall River, Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Dighton, Swansea, Somerset, Taunton, Medfield, Medway, Millis and Wrentham.

Old Colony Habitat ReStore

9 Washington St.
Attleboro, MA 02703


Old Colony Habitat for Humanity

PO Box 100
Attleboro, MA 02703


Restore Hours: Sun and Mon Closed | Tue, Wed & Friday 10am to 5pm | Thu 10am to 4pm | Sat 9am to 5pm

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