What We Do

What We Do 2018-07-10T10:18:56+00:00

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)

Since 1998, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado has partnered with Crowley County Correctional Facility to create opportunities for incarcerated men to learn professional construction trades and be positive contributors to the community.  This mutually beneficial program, known as WeBuild, allows inmates at the correctional facility to learn construction trades and fine woodworking skills by providing cabinets and roof trusses, for Habitat for Humanity homes across Colorado at an affordable price. The inmates in the program learn valuable job skills which will help them obtain gainful employment upon release that will pay them a livable wage, and ultimately help them avoid re-offending in the future.  Participants in WeBuild can receive professional certifications for cabinet making, blueprint reading, and wood truss building. In addition to hands-on learning, this program also teaches the men valuable life lessons.  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.” To learn more, click here.