Joe Dappen, longtime volunteer was instrumental in starting Lincoln Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to offering dignity and hope by forming partnerships with low-income families by providing affordable, safe homes. Our affiliate works as a channel for all community members, including faith based partners, to come together and support community members in need. As we wrap up construction in 2015, we have built 143 homes; housing 668 individuals, families and children. 

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International established in 1988 by local community members and churches. We are dedicated to ending poverty housing in Lancaster County and abroad. Our projects are funded primarily by individuals, community groups, corporations, charities, foundations, schools and religious organizations.

Our Program 
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money, land, and materials, Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln builds, rehabs or repairs simple, decent and affordable houses. Families are selected based on a number of criteria including:

  • First time homeowner
  • Good credit
  • Employed with same employer minimum of six months
  • Currently living in substandard housing
  • Lancaster County resident minimum of 1 year
  • Permanent legal U.S. resident

Selected partner families must complete 300-400 hours of "sweat equity" by working to build other's homes, volunteering at the Lincoln Habitat ReStore or other special projects. After completing their sweat equity, partner families purchase Habitat homes with zero-interest mortgages.

Our Mission
The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln is to demonstrate God's  love in action and our faithful concern for our community. 

We do that by: 

  • building in partnership with people in need, affordable, safe, attractive, healthful and secure houses
  • offering dignity and hope through home ownership to those families with whom we partner 
  • being a channel for the religious community and all people of good will through which all families might live in God's love and in the comfort of their own homes

Our Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Habitat for Humanity International

Mission Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission Statement
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Mission Principles
1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God's love and grace abound for all, and that we must be "hands and feet" of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.

2. Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our mean of manifesting God's love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundaiton for breaking the cycle of poverty.

3. Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micah's call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community's commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shellter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable. 

4. Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships. 

5. Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishments;and when it demonstrates stewardship of all resources entrusted to us. 

About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide. 

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