Hello, my name is Habitat

Monday, July 27, 2020

Habitat for Humanity is a global organization that started on a little farm in Georgia. Since then, Habitat has established an office in every state and reaches 70 countries.

The vision of the organization has always been to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” This goal is reached by volunteers coming together to build affordable housing in their communities.

The Putnam County branch of Habitat was established in 1988 in Greencastle. This location has produced 18 homes over the years and is currently working on one. After several quiet years, this home will put the Putnam County location back into good standing with the national organization and allow them to focus on their goal of constructing one home per year.

When many people hear Habitat for Humanity, they think of an organization that gives houses away for free. This is inaccurate. The goal of Habitat is to build affordable housing, which means each home comes with a reduced mortgage to be paid off in the years after the construction.

The families who live in Habitat homes are expected to help with raising money to build the home, as well as putting in “sweat equity” that usually comes from helping during the building process. Working alongside these families allows for the development of long-lasting relationships.

The organization is always looking for people to get involved throughout a build. You can get involved through donating or volunteering. We understand the pandemic can cause some unease when thinking about volunteering in person, which is why we are taking extra safety precautions on the job site.

The local Habitat office is located at 620 Tennessee St., Ste. 2, in Greencastle.

You can follow our current project on the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity Facebook page. For more information, please email putnamhabitat@gmail.com.