A Peek Into Our Vision for Lake County, Michigan


needs a place to call home.


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Our Mission



Seeking to put God's Love into action...

...Habitat for Humanity brings people together...

...to build homes, communities, and hope. 

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live. 

Our Principles

1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.

2. Focus on Shelter

3. Advocate for affordable housing. 

4. Promote dignity and hope. 

5. Support sustainable and transformational development.

A Global Prayer

Habitat for Humanity is a development organization and also a Christian ministry. Stakeholders around the world provided input into Habitat's 2020 Strategic Plan and were also asked to help the organization listen for God's guidance. The Habitat world responded, and a simple global prayer emerged:

God, teach us humility so that we may...


...confess and forgive, 

...serve in relationship with the poor, 

...persevere in our mission, 

...unify as one body with many diverse parts, 

...and act with courage and boldness. 

Habitat for Humanity's 2020 Strategic Plan

Habitat for Humanity's 2020 strategic plan builds squarely on the organization's mission, vision, and principles. The plan will come to life in communities worldwide as people from all sectors of society unite to address the urgent need for adequate, affordable shelter. 

OUR MOTIVATION: Putting God's Love into Action

Motivated by the belief that each of us is called to "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God", Habitat for Humanity seeks to be a partner and catalyst in building communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. 

OUR METHOD: Bringing People Together 

Habitat for Humanity believes that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. When the broad community is engaged in addressing the urgent need for adequate, affordable shelter, we all become less vulnerable and more resilient. In bringing people together, Habitat practices a philosophy of "a hand up, not a hand out", and builds on existing community assets: financial, physical, natural, human, social, and spiritual. 

OUR IMPACT: Homes, Communities, and Hope

In seeking truly transformed communities, Habitat views bringing people together not only as a way to deliver a product - improved housing - but as an essential process for building hope and belief that healthier communities are achievable and beneficial for all. When we work together, statistics become faces with names, stereotypes are broken, and everyone has the opportunity both to give and receive. Only then is lasting change likely to occur. 

Lake County Habitat History

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, who believed everyone deserves a place to call home. They started their journey in Americus, Georgia, where they worked in partnership with Clarence Jordan, a theologian who founded Koinoia Farms. They started a "Fund for Humanity", which led to the beginning of the organization. The Fullers and Jordan believed that what people needed was a hand up, not a hand out; partners, not social workers. 

Habitat for Humanity of Lake County is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat's mission is to work in partnership with people everywhere, to eliminate substandard and overcrowded housing through affordable ownership. 


Formed in 1983, Lake County Habitat renovates existing homes and builds new ones for families who do not qualify for conventional financing. We then sell these homes to partner families through a twenty to twenty-five-year mortgage. We have completed our ninety-forth home, as of 2018!

For more information about low-income homeownership, veteran resources, or information about becoming a volunteer, please contact us! 

Meet Our Team

Shawn Washington

Executive Director

Lori Bragington


Debbie Russell


Melanie Moffit


Yvonne Williams


Tom Alliston


Diana Hipshier


Wayne Boorsma


Sue Ortiz