North Webster Habitat for Humanity

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Religion

Location: P O Box 155 Springhill LA 71075 USA

Mission: Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with North Webster Habitat (Now Fuller Center of Webster Parish) since I moved to Minden in 2002. I have pounded nails, blessed newly completed homes and attend many functions that supported their ministry.

I am the Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Minden, LA and our parish has actively supported their ministry financially many years. Members have volunteered in the building and rehabilitating of properties.

We have hosted dinners for workers, especially those college students who come to Webster Parish for their spring break to volunteer to help provide affordable housing.

This is an outstanding organization working tirelessly to assist people who can not afford to live in decent housing any other way.

The Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Carter
St. John's Episcopal Church
Minden, LA

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization is a wonderful place to meet and get to know individuals in the community and share a life changing experience with people who love what they do. It is amazing to see the dedication that each individual has to do what ever it takes to more ahead.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization which is providing decent housing in a parish where there is little availability of decent affordable housing for ownership or renting. Webster Parish is a rural community in which the vast majority of citizens are low-income families. This organization is the only agency building homes that are affordable to these citizens. It has affected the lives of many families over the years and just recently completed the 3rd annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build in which 8 new homes were constructed and 7 existing homes were rehabilitated. This organization works with families and volunteers to provide decent, affordable housing for families that have been mentored in home ownership and home maintenance, thus taking the first steps in lifting them out of poverty.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

They just completed a week long build of 8 new homes and 7 rehab homes. it is a wonderful ministry of what God's people can do together. Even in a so-called down economy, there is still a pouring out of what God can achieve through his people. Wonderful organization and wonderful people of Webster parish.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I use to work with a selected homeowner in the past.

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

nothing at this time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I've been the executive director of this local housing ministry for 12 and a half years. Beginning life in 1991 as North Webster Habitat for Humanity, we were able to assist only four families in eight years to move into simple, decent housing. Realizing the need to serve people throughout our parish (county), we became Webster Habitat for Humanity in 2001, and in 2007 we followed Millard Fuller (founder of Habitat for Humaity) as he built a new housing ministry - The Fuller Center for Housing.
Through our 20-year history, we have now been able to help almost 70 families to move from substandard living conditions to simple, decent housing. We have built a total of 46 new houses and rehabilitated 20 existing houses. Almost 200 lives have been improved by the efforts of our non-profit housing ministry.
We have been blessed to be able to see homeowner families who thrived in their new living conditions. We have been pleased to see children of homeowners who have completed high school, gone on to college and received degrees, and have established a firm place for themselves in society.
We have been blessed to see some of our homeowners themselves reach for higher goals and achieve them - at least in part because of their improved living conditions.
And we have been blessed to have involved literally thousands of volunteers - from teenagers to senior citizens, college groups, church groups, prison partners, and teams of people who did not even know each other - who have discovered or reinforced in themselves the profound satisfaction that comes from helping someone else to improve their life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the smiles, tears, and hugs of homeowners who never dreamed they could attain a home of their own.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would improve our fund-raising capabilities by hiring a Director of Resource Development. We in the non-profit sector are able to do so much more with our dollars than the for-profit or public sectors can accomplish. Our organization would be greatly enhanced in the scope of our mission if we had a full-time person to develop the financial resources to help more families own a simple, decent house.

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