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Mission & History

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Principles

  • Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
  • Focus on shelter.
  • Advocate for affordable housing.
  • Promote dignity and hope.
  • Support sustainable and transformative development.


Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.


Berthoud Habitat for Humanity became a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 2000, but the work to become an affiliate started years before, as an idea sparked by Peter Bridgman in 1996.

After volunteering on a Habitat homebuilding project, a small group of Berthoud community members, led by Peter, decided to put their faith into action, and so began the work of Peter, Ricardo Haskins, Tom Patterson and Thomas Jones to form a committee of supporters, incorporating Berthoud's Habitat for Humanity, Ltd on August 20, 1997, which later became Berthoud Habitat for Humanity, Inc. in March 2000.

Shortly thereafter, a 'thrift store', now known as Berthoud Habitat for Humanity Restore, was rented and donations began to be collected to sell at the store. All profits from the Restore are used toward building affordable homes in our community.

In 1998, Doc and Helen Fickel donated five-plus acres in the name of Berthoud Habitat for Humanity on 4th Street. In 2001, construction began on the first new single-family home in the Berthoud Habitat for Humanity subdivision.

Our qualifying homeowners are provided an opportunity for a 'hand up, not a hand out' and put in the “sweat equity” hours alongside our Habitat volunteers in building their home.

We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serve people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

To accomplish this, we raise money, recruit volunteers and work in partnership with low income people needing housing. We believe that by working at a local level, we can better use our resources and make an immediate difference in people’s lives.

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Christian housing ministry which has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1 million homes for more than 5 million people around the world.

Together, we help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.