Dear Friends and Supporters,

In this time of social unrest and reflection I want to make clear that Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (Habitat) has never and does not condone racism or prejudice in any form and affirms that the lives of all Black Americans matter deeply to us. Habitat makes all who desire to be a part of our work welcome. We have a 35-year history of building with Arizona families regardless of race. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Our founder, Millard Fuller once wrote, “God’s love leaves nobody out, and my love should not either.”

I think it’s important to share the concern I have for the racial injustice so many of our black friends and neighbors are experiencing. Racism is real and we must all do a better job of stopping it. I am so thankful to work for an organization like Habitat for Humanity, that was founded on the principles of inclusion, anti-discrimination and equality for all. These are the values we still work for every day. This is a moral issue for us and Habitat will always be a place where we put our faith into action. I have asked our staff to bring forward any bias or behaviors that might prevent us from serving everyone equally and fairly. My commitment to them and everyone we interact with, is that we will strive to improve ourselves in this regard. Habitat is already actively involved in opposing redlining and improving inclusivity. Habitat helps promote local equality by putting the community’s needs first and seeks to eliminate any barriers created by our country’s historical discriminatory approach to housing.

As a Christian, I believe each of us plays a role in finding solutions. Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34). And to this we hold.

Sincerely,

Jason Barlow​
President & CEO
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona