Riverside, Habitat for Humanity

Rating: 4.95 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: PO Box 2216 Riverside CA 92516 USA

Mission:

 

Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, interfaith ministry, works in partnership with people in need to improve their poor living conditions. Habitat challenges people of compassion to provide initial capital, through gifts and low interest loans, to build or renovate simple, decent homes for the inadequately sheltered.

Construction is a cooperative venture between volunteers and homebuyers. Habitat partner families contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” towards the building of their home as well as the homes of others.

Habitat houses are sold for no profit, with a non-interest mortgage, repaid over a 30 to 45 year period. House payments are recycled to build more homes for those in need.


Target demographics: hard working families buy a safe, affordable place to live.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 85 families by connecting them with over 10,000 volunteers
Geographic areas served: Riverside, Moreno Valley, Corona and Jurupa Valley
Programs: Home Ownership, Critical Home Repair and Minor Exterior Repair
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Habitat for Humanity Riverside is a great non-profit organization that consists of friendly employees and volunteers that are willing to put aside their hardships in order to be of aid to those who are suffering in the community due to their lack of decent and affordable housing. They organize various volunteer projects that are efficient and fun from the Helping Hands Project (improving the exterior of mobile homes for the elderly or disabled) to bigger deconstruction projects. While at the Helping Hands projects, I always have a great time painting or pulling weeds with my fellow volunteers who are determined to improve the homes of our neighbors in the community. The staff always makes sure that the volunteers are well taken care of by providing us with water and assists us with our task. HFHR truly involves the rest of the community in their efforts to improve areas that are not as fortunate. Their goals are portrayed through the non-profits programs and employees.

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

my own community.

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

upgrade the materials and tools that are used by the non-profit, but of course, this non-profit has no way of purchasing new resources unless donors in the community are willing to allocate funds for a good cause.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

This volunteer experience allowed me to meet many people with kind hearts who sacrificed their time and energy to help the greater community. It also exposed me to the great amount of work it takes to run a non-profit organization.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This volunteer experience made me feel very great and was definitely a humbling experience that led me to think of the well-being of the society as a whole.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently attended a home dedication where the families received the keys to their homes. I was most impressed by the community support this organization received. The local city council and local community organizations all took a few minutes to speak about their involvement with Habitat and how much they supported their mission. It was on a Saturday too!

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

I've met the families who are purchasing the Habitat homes. It was interesting to see how they felt lucky enough to have purchased a Habitat home, but also proud about how they've invested in their home by working on their own home.

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

None.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Having been involved with Habitat's projects with Thrivent Builds has been a wonderful experience. I am a youth leader and very often, our middle school youth aren't able to participate in these type of projects. But we have been invited, and have served, twice to provide lunches for the volunteers working on the build itself. This allows the younger youth to see firsthand the work being done and to get excited about helping in the future.

Habitat's staff has always been welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It's a pleasure to work in partnership with them for the good of others.

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?

Quite 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 Riverside chapter of Habitat For Humanity has been a major asset to the community. They have developed a large network of supporting agencies and organizations which allow for hundreds of volunteers to help in their various projects.

I have personally benefited from helping with several projects and have seen first hand how their efforts have brought the community together to improve housing for people in need. Their projects also have made a significant contribution to improve neighborhoods which have been damaged by the many foreclosures in this area.

I look forward to working on their new projects in the coming years. I have signed-up as a regular volunteer so that I can be notified when they need volunteer help.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Riverside and was very impressed with their Homes for Heroes program. It meant a lot to me as a volunteer to contribute to a deserving organization that was providing a meaningful "hand-up" to military families.

Awesome work, great organization, amazing people. Keep it up!

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

I've seen the way Habitat for Humanity changes peoples lives. I admire how their model provides deserving families with a helping hand, not a hand out.

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

If I were to make changes to this organization, I would want them to provide more opportunities for volunteers to help. It was such a rewarding experience for me, I'd like to have more opportunities like that for the rest of my community.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I met a lot of very interesting, like-minded people who enjoyed volunteer work.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel great to contribute to such a deserving cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Habitat for Humanity has been a passion of mine for many years. As a seasoned “DIY” er, I have enjoyed working side by side with experienced & novice volunteers, learning from and teaching others. The excitement at the work site is exhilarating. Being a part of God’s people working together to give a beautiful, landscaped, customized home to a community member who has been without is an awesome, humbling experience. Habitat builds the Kingdom of God in many ways at many levels. It is a great way to share His love in a real, personal way. I would encourage anyone with a servant’s heart to get involved. You will be forever changed.

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

the joy, pride and gratefulness of the receiving families is beyond words!

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

try to get the homes completed in less time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a proud Habitat For Humanity volunteer. They are a great organization. I worked on Four different houses. I witness how Steve Pep Habitats project manager worked on this houses. He put alot of work to quality and detail.

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

Working with the future homeowners . Also attending theGran oppening when Habitat gives the House keys to the new homeowners. I know four families that are new homeowners thanks to Habitat For Humanity.

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

Give more exposured in the community. And help them raise more money so they can help more families.

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Rating: 4 stars  

This was my first time helping with the Habitat for Humanity and it was a great experience for me. I enjoyed the work as well as the people. It is a good cause to be a part of. I was encouraged by all of the people who were at site and their hard work.

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

No comment.

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

No comment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dear Friends and Family, I would like to take a minute and share something with you that I had the privilege to see this past Saturday. Normally on the weekends I will not budge from my bed at an early hour, but my husband asked me to attend this event and I said I would go. I would not normally share what I am about to share with you, I am turning over a new leaf in life. So here it is. Saturday, October 31, 2009, I attended a house dedication with Habitat for Humanity. I am about to show you the before pictures of this property. They are not pretty, so be prepared. This is no 3rd world nation, this is right here out in our own backyards in Riverside. So many people say they want to help, and here you can help your own community. This was previously a drug house on 37th Street. It was a blight in the neighborhood. With this build, other neighbors are coming together and fixing up their homes. It look weeks to haul all the trash away. This beautiful home will house a married couple and their 3 children under age 6. They were living in a one bedroom apartment.This home touts many “Green” features, from the roof to the yard. Looking at these pictures, it is hard to believe a beautiful home came from rubble. There are Americans living like this. Some by choice, some because there is nowhere else to go. But the great things that make America the best country in the world, is human spirit and humanity. People came together, companies volunteered tools, material and most important their time. People volunteered their time, even if it was to photo document the build, or prepare lunches for all of the volunteers. It makes me proud I live here, and I will be joining the Habitat family because I believe in the cause. As with all things in this world, Habitat for Humanity cannot survive without donations. Donations do not have to be monetary. They can be your time or supplies. It could be helping make 100 sandwiches and drinks to feed the volunteers. We are nearing the end of 2009, and there are still a few of you out there who want or need to give to a charity. I feel a charity that gives a family a home is one of the best ways to spend your money.

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

being able to experience the

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

encourage everyone to donate their time and money to assist them in providing additional housing.

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