Welcome to Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity!
Mission & Purpose
Mission: To work in partnership with God and people in need of a foundation for a better future through affordable home ownership. We will be a resource for assisting and encouraging them as responsible citizens of the community.
Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat International, but we do not receive financial support from our parent organization. As a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, we are dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty one family at a time. We help build simple, decent homes for families in need right here in Lake & Geauga Counties. We are not a charity, but we are a charitable organization. In other words, a Habitat home is not free. Families we partner with must commit to 250-400 sweat equity hours. They must also be able to pay a mortgage, utilities, taxes and any other expenses any homeowner has. Our building efforts are in Lake & Geauga County, Ohio. We typically build 3 to 4 homes per year for families in need. Nearly all labor is donated by volunteers and we also receive many in-kind donations of construction materials. Habitat offers a hand up…not a hand out!
Land is the SINGLE GREATEST OBSTACLE to meeting the need — due to both cost and the rural, undeveloped nature of the eastern portion of our county. To inform us about for donation or for sale at a charitable discount, please contact our office at (440) 226-3000, ext. 101.
Geauga County Habitat for Humanity was first organized in 1987 as a special project to focus on the need for affordable housing in the Chagrin Falls Park area.
In 1989, the local affiliate was formed to expand our service area to all of Geauga County. Since then, 88 homes have been built and 11 homes have been renovated for families throughout our service area. In August of 2014 we expanded our service reach to Lake County. We have a successful ReStore retail outlet in Newbury, Ohio. Our second ReStore location opened August 6, 2016 in Eastlake, Ohio.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
2. Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or reserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
3. Advocate for affordable housing.
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.
4. Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
5. Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us