“A house is to a family what soil is to a plant,” Millard Fuller once said. “A plant needs to be rooted. A family is like that. If a family is not rooted, it will not flourish. But once a family is well-rooted, all kinds of wonderful things will begin to happen.” Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive, and the years have shown us again and again what a strong foundation a Habitat house can be for an Arizona family.

This year, we’re celebrating 35 years of building homes, communities and hope in the Valley of the Sun.  Like a seedling, the idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from the fertile soil of a community in Georgia. It was on the farm that Jordan and Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses.

Since then, the Habitat model of community building and reinvestment has reached into other areas as well, including Arizona.  With the help of generous donors and volunteers like you, we’ve been privileged to build more than 1,150 homes, affect more than 2,500 repairs and improve the shelter situation for more than 3,500 Arizona families.  Along the way, we’ve probably become best known for two things that turn out not to be true:

First, many people think we simply build houses and give them away that is not, in fact, the case.  We partner with Arizona families who put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity helping build their homes and their neighbors homes and then they pay back and affordable mortgage.  We then direct those funds back into the community.  Second, that President Carter started Habitat ,which is also not true, though he certainly is our most notable and hardest working volunteer.

As part of our ongoing celebration of the collaborative work being done in the great state of Arizona, we’re asking you to join us!  Listed below are a number of ways you can celebrate with Habitat – Take a look!

Habitat Specialty License Plate 

Habitat has announced a great way to show your support with it’s new Habitat specialty license plate, known as the Affordable Homeownership Specialty Plate

This stunning plate is now available through Arizona Department of Transportation. Show your support by purchasing the all-new Habitat license plate for only $25. Learn more here!

 

Helping Habitat from Home! 

Habitat’s annual gala event is going virtual this year as we’ll be celebrating a night of generosity together online.  Click here to learn more! 

Join us for an inspired evening of giving back as part of Habitat’s emerging Aging in Place program that serves financially disadvantaged seniors in our community.  This year’s focus will be on repairs and improvements for Arizona seniors, so they can safely stay in their own homes, as they age.

 

Show some local love and grab your limited edition State Forty Eight / Habitat shirt here – while supplies last!  All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. Click here to get your gear.

Learn more about this incredible collaboration in an episode of Community Corner.  State Forty Eight Co-founder, Stephen Polando was heard to say, “That’s what SFE Community Impact is all about: inspiring others to invest in and give back locally.”

Every donation makes a difference and giving to Habitat has never been easier.  Celebrate with us by clicking the “DONATE NOW” button on this page or by texting the word HABITATCAZ to 44321 on your smartphone.  You’ll be able to give a one-time gift or sign up to give monthly!

Remember that Habitat is a Qualifying Charitable Non-profit and you can get up to $400 back on your Arizona State taxes when you give.

Part home improvement store and part thrift store, each Habitat ReStore has a wide selection of donations that changes often.  Find fantastic new and gently used home improvement items below retail prices.  Your purchase not only supports Habitat, but keeps unwanted items out of local landfills!  With great low prices everyday, you’ll find a wide array of appliances, bathtubs, building materials, collectibles, new and used doors, flooring, furniture, hardware, heating and cooling, insulated windows, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, lighting, sinks and tools.

Visit our newest location in West Phoenix at 4344 W. Indian School Rd. (NW corner of 43rd Ave. and Indian School)  All locations open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm.

No experience needed!  Whether you are interested in home construction, home repair, office work, or helping out at the Habitat ReStore, we have a place for you.  Every hand makes a difference!  All new volunteers are asked to attend a new volunteer orientation to learn more about volunteering with Habitat – click here to get started!