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Habitat for Humanity of Merced County

                                         P.O. Box 423, Atwater CA, 95301-0423    (209) 726-0850

Board of Directors
President:  Jan Sorge
Vice President: Michelle Paloutzian
Secretary:  George Gallaher
Treasurer: Patti Houbein
C O M M I T T E E   C H A I R S
Administration: Janice Sorge
Church Relations: Janice Sorge
Construction: Lyle Allen
Family Services: Nellie Venegas
Fund Raising:
Public Information: George Gallaher
(209) 358-3811
Site Selection: Brithney Simpson
Volunteers: Katilyn McIntire
M E M B E R S - A T - L A R G E
Fred Pillsbury
Pete Delacruz
Brittany Oakes
Sean McLeod

Alejandro and Rosa Uribe-Chavez breaking ground for their new home located at 927 West Eighth Street, Merced CA on  March 29, 2014.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission Statement

Seeking to put Godís love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.


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 Godís love and grace abound for all, and that we must be ďhands and feetĒ 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 means of manifesting Godís 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 foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.

3. Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micahís 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 communityís 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 shelter 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 accomplishment; and when it
demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

About Habitat for Humanity of Merced County
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put Godís love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Merced County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Merced County 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.

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.

 Board members or committee members are always welcomed. Join us at a board meeting to see if there is a spot that suits you. We meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries Building Conference Room, 2916 N. McKee Rd. Merced on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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