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Habitat For Humanity of Wise County, Inc.

P.O. Box 3018

Wise, VA 24293

Telephone: (276)207-8249

Email: habitatwise@gmail.com

Our Mission

To demonstrate the love and teachings ofJesus Christ by building simple, decent and affordable houses in partnership with churches, businesses, individuals and communities, for selected families without favoritism or discrimination. We shall provide a loving environment that supports the need to become successful homeowners.

Our Goals

Habitat for Humanity would like to build a minimum oftwo houses a year with the vision of building more in the future to meet the needs of needy families in our county. To achieve this goal entails the ability to acquire land at a reasonable cost or through donations. Increased financial support must improve along with more volunteers.

What Is Habitat for Humanity Wise County?

Habitat for Humanity Wise County is a nonprofit, no interest charges, tax exempt ecumenical Christian Ministry building simple affordable housing for people living in sub-standard conditions beyond their control.

History of Habitat for Humanity in Wise County

At this point we have built six houses. The first was built in Coeburn in 2003. Since then we have built houses in Norton (two), Wise and Big Stone Gap and another in Coeburn which was handicapped accessible. The last three houses we have built have been : "Green" , energy efficient.

Who Qualifies for a Habitat House?

Many factors are taken into consideration in qualifying for a Habitat house. Among these are: need, ability to repay a no-profit, no interest mortgage, willingness to contribute 330 hours (sweat equity) to build their house and houses ofother Habitat recipients.

The history of Habitat For Humanity.


Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.

Koinonia Farm

The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.

The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service.

At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing." The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

The Fund for Humanity

The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on the loans. Building costs would be financed by a revolving fund called “The Fund for Humanity.” The fund's money would come from the new homeowners' house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The money in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.

The Fund for Humanity’s mission statement:

What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable, and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance. The Fund for Humanity will meet both of these needs. Money for the fund will come from shared gifts by those who feel they have more than they need and from non-interest bearing loans from those who cannot afford to make a gift but who do want to provide working capital for the disinherited . . . The fund will give away no money. It is not a handout.

Inception of Habitat for Humanity

In 1968, Koinonia laid out 42 half-acre house sites with four acres reserved as a community park and recreational area. Capital was donated from around the country to start the work. Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest. The basic model of Habitat for Humanity was begun.


In 1973, the Fullers decided to apply the Fund for Humanity concept in developing countries. The Fuller family moved to Mbandaka, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo.) The Fullers' goal was to offer affordable yet adequate shelter to 2,000 people. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, the Fullers returned to the United States.

Expansion into Habitat for Humanity International

In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International as an organization was born at this meeting. The eight years that followed, vividly described in Millard Fuller's book, “Love in the Mortar Joints,” proved that the vision of a housing ministry was workable. Faith, hard work, and direction set HFH on its successful course.

Phenomenal growth

In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat's ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work across the nation. HFH experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new affiliates around the country.

Habitat today

Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem – decent housing for all.

Today, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide.

The Habitat Board

We are all volunteers giving of our time to eliminate sub-standard housing in Wise County.

Our 2015 Officers and Board of Directors are: (Click the name to e-mail)