What We Do

Fundraising

HFHC works with state and federal agencies, regional and statewide corporations and foundations, and associations and organizations with a statewide presence to develop access to capital through grants, loan investments, preferred purchasing options and gifts in kind. More than a million dollars in grant funding is directly passed through to affiliates from Habitat for Humanity of Colorado each year, with more than $4 million in direct services benefiting affiliates.

Financing

Clarence Jordan once said that what the poor need is capital, not charity.  HFHC believes the same to be true of nonprofits, and specifically Habitat for Humanity affiliates.  Through a myriad of partnerships with banks, government agencies, and community development financial institution, HFHC works to create access to capital for affiliates to continue to grow their ministries by leveraging their assets, finding new investors in our work, and bridging various funding sources through lines of credit.

Capacity Building

Habitat for Humanity of Colorado annually develops a training plan addressing both the needs affiliates, ReStores and HFHC have identified. HFHC receives direct feedback from affiliates, funding partners and HFHC’s board of directors to help strategically plan for capacity building. Training opportunities include an annual conference, Camp Colorado or ReStore Conference: Building Business Forum, one day training events, networking opportunities, individualized affiliate training and planning retreats and conference calls.

Advocacy

In response to the prophet Micah’s 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 community’s 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.

Habitat for Humanity monitors, and when needed, acts upon state legislation affecting our ability to build, the quality of life for people living in poverty, and the general state of affordable housing throughout Colorado. Together we can create a Colorado that is able to better meet the housing needs for the vulnerable citizens in our communities – so that all of our families have a foundation upon which they can build hope for a better future.

HFHC holds an annual Legislative Luncheon, inviting all Colorado State Legislators to learn more about our organization and engage in our mission.  To learn about our legislative agenda and advocacy work, click here.  To sign up for advocacy alerts or find out how you can act now, click here.

ReBuild

In September 2013, unprecedented flooding across Colorado’s Front Range forced the evacuation of over 8,000 people, damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, and claimed 10 lives.  In response to the disaster, Habitat for Humanity initiated ReBuild Colorado with a three-year vision of serving 200 additional families in the flooded region through a combination of new home construction, repair, and rehab. To learn more about ReBuild Coloradoclick here.

WeBuild Program (formerly known as the Prison Partnership Program)

Habitat for Humanity of Colorado, in partnership with the Crowley County Correctional Facility, has operated the WeBuild Program since 1999. The mutually beneficial program allows inmates at the correctional facility to learn construction trades and fine woodworking while providing cabinets, roof trusses, and countertops to Habitat for Humanity projects statewide at-cost. The program teaches inmates valuable job skills which will help them obtain gainful employment upon release, and ultimately help them avoid re-offending in the future. Correctional facilities are required to provide vocational training to inmates. This program truly allows inmates to give back to the communities in which they offended through their required vocational training. As one inmate said, “…cabinetry has taught me, and continues to teach me, the vital lesson of not taking shortcuts. Most failures in my life, including my incarceration, are attributable to this one fatal flaw.”

Global Village Trip to Paraguay (July 15-23, 2017)

Located in the heart of South America, Paraguay is bordered by Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia. This “island surrounded by land” consists of a relaxed riverside capital, historic Jesuit missions, several national parks, and the vast, arid Chaco. Paraguay is home to 6.7 million people, nearly a quarter of whom live below the poverty line in overcrowded, unsafe, or otherwise inadequate shelter. Habitat for Humanity of Paraguay works to address the housing crisis through new home construction and other housing solutions like repairs, bathrooms, and additions. HFH Paraguay has been a tithe partner with Habitat Colorado since 2011, when HFHC last visited with a Global Village team of 40 volunteers. Since that time, HFHC has invested nearly $17,000 in tithe contributions. This July, HFHC is sponsoring another team to help build homes, deepen our relationship, and learn about HFH Paraguay’s ongoing work. Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects around the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the area like an insider, and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! To learn more, click here.