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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. For additional information please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission Statement

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

About Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity

Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity 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

Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity 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.

History of Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity

Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (TBHFH) is an organization whose goal is to build or renovate affordable, energy efficient houses on a non-profit basis. These houses are offered with zero interest mortgages to carefully selected low income, but hard working families who could not otherwise acquire decent shelter. To address that need house Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity embarked on a project that has so far resulted in the building of 64 new homes and the renovation of twelve others.

Funding is solely by private donations from individuals, churches, businesses and foundations.

Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity (TBHfH) was formed in May of 1983 as a direct result of a Rotary Club community service project to insulate homes of needy families in Tryon, NC. The project lasted one week, during which time nine homes were insulated. However, there were thirty more homes found which were in such poor condition that insulation was considered a wasted effort.

Rotarians, assisted by local church members, then founded this Habitat affiliate to meet the extensive needs identified throughout the Polk County, NC and the neighboring Landrum, SC area. The first house was started in late 1983 for the Floyd Miller family which consisted of 12 children and adults. It replaced an existing shack with neither insulation nor running water. The Miller's new home was completed in August of 1984.

Since then Thermal Belt Habitat has built or renovated dozens of homes, providing decent shelter for hardworking people in our community. The Thermal Belt area we serve is relatively small in numbers of people, but large in heart and caring.