In 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, guided by their mentor, Clarence Jordan, founded Habitat for Humanity International.
Their mission was based in the idea of "partnership housing," the concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The homeowners would then make mortgage payments on the home that would go towards the "fund for humanity" that would help with funding future build projects.
Linda and Millard Fuller
After it's founding, Habitat continue to spread as groups of grassroots volunteers created local "affiliates".
In 1992, Habitat for Humanity started opening ReStores in the United States as a way to cover overhead costs and raise additional funds to increase the number of families they are able to serve.
Now, Habitat is a worldwide movement. There are affiliates in over 70 countries, including all 50 states of the United States. Since it's founding, over 13.2 million people have built or improved a stronger, more stable place to live with the organization’s help.
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope
A world where everyone has a decent place to live
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200 N Main St, Mt. Vernon
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Knox County Habitat continues to operate because of the support of it's volunteers and donations from our community. We currently receive funds to build about 1 home a year. It is our goal to increase the number of families we serve. in Knox County. We hope you can be a part of this journey with us. To learn more about how to get involved or to donate to our organization, please click the buttons below.
Fri - Sat 9am - 5pm
13246 Wooster Rd, Mt. Vernon
Habitat for Humanity partners with families that demonstrate a need for housing, an ability to pay an interest free mortgage, and a willingness to participate in Habitat's homeowership program.
Mortgage payments go back into the "fund for humanity" to help with funding future projects.
Habitat strives to meet the needs of the communities it
Habitat is a worldwide organization whose mission is carried out by independent, local affiliates with a volunteer board of directors. Each affiliate works to provide services that best meet their community. While most affiliates focus on affordable housing, other services include:
- Neighborhood Revitalization
- A Brush with Kindness
- Micro loans
- Disaster Response
- Financial Education
- Clean Water Initiatives
Through the support of the communities we serve, Habitat is able to continue to fund future projects. Some ways to support Habitat's mission include:
Donate: Donating to your local affiliate goes directly back into your community.
ReStore: Shopping and Donating to your ReStore helps cover the overhead costs of building, such as purchasing land, safety gear, and more.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, please visit the
Knox County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1987 after Habitat International's founder, Millard Fuller visited First Congregational United Church of Christ here in Mt. Vernon. Inspired by his message, members of the church chartered a fully volunteer driven Habitat affiliate.
Since 1987, Knox County Habitat has served over 25 families through partnership to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing.
In the early 2000's, we opened our 1st ReStore location with the goal of generating revenue to fund additional builds and to have the ability to hire an affiliate director. in 2012, we moved to our current location on Wooster Rd.
In 2014, Knox County Habitat hired it's first paid affiliate director and continues to fully rely on volunteers for the completion of our hone builds and ReStore operations.
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