Habitat for Humanity Newark, Inc.

Rating: 4 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: P O Box 1121 Newark NJ 07101 USA

Mission: Habitat For Humanity Newark was founded in 1986 by Chris Leslie to build affordable housing in partnership with low-income families unable to buy homes.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Thank you Habitat Newark for the great work you are doing in our community and with your volunteers!

From the set-up online, with the help of people in their office, through my volunteer day and beyond, Habitat for Humanity Newark's staff was friendly and encouraging and supportive!

It was a great day's work with wonderful staff and crew members on the construction site. This was such a memorable day, and I look forward to getting involved again, and maybe next time bringing friends and/or family with me too!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Habitat Newark is an amazing organization. They are doing a wonderful job of revitalizing the neighborhood here in Newark.

The staff is very helpful and building on site with them is a memorable experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The previous review is entirely erroneous. Habitat Newark has never been stronger and is helping more families own their own homes than at any time in it's history. Volunteer numbers are at their highest as well. Great group. Get involved and help them build!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

August, 2013
Since 2012 the Newark Habitat affiliate management has actively discouraged engaged volunteer participation in its home building activities. There is now an emphasis on using paid professionals for many volunteer friendly construction stages. Numerous major individual donors, board members and other active volunteers no longer find this organization worthy of their support. The affiliate recently broke ground for a new-construction house, while at the same time essentially abandoning completion of two federally funded two-family rehabilitation projects that had been underway since 2011. Paid office staff has gone from 3 to 5+.

I volunteered and raised significant sums for Habitat Newark since 2004. I, and many of my fellow volunteers, were recognized for our contributions as Volunteer of The Year in at least 5 of the past ten years. In addition to building homes, many, highly accomplished professionals used their expertise to provide, on a volunteer basis, free services to the organization's many support committees. For years, Habitat Newark grew and helped revitalize Newark through the hard work of its volunteers. Our time was used wisely. Our volunteer contributions were life changing for the many partner families we built beside. Currently, the organization has lost its way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work to return Habitat Newark to its stated mission of building safe, affordable homes for its partner families with the help of volunteer labor. Specifically, change management and promote a shift in board composition.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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