Jimmy Carter was not the founder of Habitat for Humanity. But he surely helped the world to embrace our mission! His presence, his commitment, and his popularity all helped to bring this ministry into the public eye, and that has made a huge difference in the lives of thousands of families across the globe.
At age 97, President Carter doesn’t swing his hammer with quite the same energy as he once did. We don’t see his toothy grin at quite as many build events these days. But his passion for Habitat is as strong as it was forty years ago, when he stepped up to lend his face and name to what was then a smaller, but growing organization. Even in his 10th decade, Jimmy Carter still shows up. To encourage us. To inspire us. Even, now and then, to pick up his hammer and drive some nails! Why? Because he believes that everyone deserves a decent, affordable home.
The ministry continues. Our mission to make decent, affordable homes available to deserving families is no less important today than it was in 1984, when President Carter first volunteered with Habitat. With housing costs soaring, our work is more important than ever. In Kona, rents have nearly doubled over the past decade. New and resale homes have been priced out of reach for far too many families. Today, our work is not only important. It is essential!
As the cost of lumber has doubled, and availability of skilled workers has declined, it isn’t hard to understand why it costs Habitat a whole lot more to build a home than it did only ten years ago. Add in the risks and restrictions imposed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic, and we might be tempted simply to throw up our hands and walk away. But that’s not how we do business at Habitat. Because, like Jimmy Carter, we believe that everyone deserves a decent, affordable home. We don’t make excuses. We build houses.
Volunteers are an integral part of our organization and we are happy to announce more volunteer opportunities will be available beginning in February. We will need help on our build sites, in our offices, and at our ReStores. You can sign up to volunteer here.
We still need your financial help. Our staff work tirelessly, seeking out grant funding and other donations. But they can’t do it alone. Your contributions are vital to our work. Every gift is precious to us. Please make giving to Habitat a part of your regular budget and help us continue our work on Hawaii Island.
Blessings to all,
Father Dick Tardiff
President, HFHHI Board of Directors
"We envision a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place