The foundation of Habitat for Humanity International was built on the faith community. But the inspiration behind the Habitat model began long before its establishment in 1976. Millard and Linda Fuller, surrounded by hardships and inequality, believed that God did not intend poverty, slums or injustice for any living being. With their deep-rooted faith, the Fullers recognized their calling to correct these issues and took powerful action. Now, nearly 40 years later, churches, congregations, mosques, temples and people of all faiths still come together to create a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.
Read more about our interfaith philosophy.
Build on Your Faith with Habitat Chesapeake
Become a Covenant Congregation
Covenant Congregations pledge annual community-based support for our mission, serving as the hands and feet of God’s love and allowing us to bring more families home each year. Click here for more information to share with your congregation or Missions group.
Join the Baltimore or Anne Arundel Interfaith Network
When people of different faiths come together to build a Habitat house, individuals find a better understanding of one another. Inspired by their shared principles of faith, the Habitat Chesapeake Interfaith network is designed to build relationships among our various faith partners through service. Coalition efforts have brought Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Unitarian-Universalist and non-denominational communities together to sponsor and build affordable homes while also building bridges of friendship and peace.
Sign Up to Receive the Building on Faith Newsletter
Receive updates about the work of our faith partners and new opportunities to engage with us, including fellowship and discussion events, holiday celebrations, and special service projects.
More ways to build on your faith
- Pray for the ministry of Habitat Chesapeake and for our families and invite your community to join you during worship time.
- Fund our work through designated collections, special events, or mission budget.
- Tithe to our mission by joining the Carpenter’s Club monthly giving society.
- Give tools and construction materials to be used on site. Click here for our construction wish list.
- Share the mission of Habitat for Humanity in your community through inserts in your
bulletin or during education time.
- Walk with us on a tour through one of our neighborhoods to see the work first-hand.
- Identify parcels of land that Habitat Chesapeake can use to help more families realize the dream of homeownership.
- Donate furniture, home goods, or construction supplies to our ReStores.
- Invite our staff to come speak to your congregation about the needs of our communities, the work of Habitat Chesapeake, and how your community can put faith into action.
- Nourish a volunteer group by bringing and serving lunch or snacks (a great way to get kids involved!)
For more information, contact Betsy Wilmerding at firstname.lastname@example.org.