Our history in Fauquier County began in 1991 to serve a growing segment of our community in need of housing assistance. Our organization was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should be able to own homes in healthy neighborhoods with access to jobs, transportation, healthy food, and quality schools. We believe this should be a matter of conscience and action for all. We have continued to grow with the help of our donors and volunteers who make our mission possible. Fauquier Habitat is committed and acts with fairness, honesty, and respect for its community. We continually strive for excellence and innovation in all that we do.
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith
Where Did It All Begin?
The idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
On the farm, Jordan and Habitat’s eventual founders Millard and Linda 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 decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes.
Beau and Emma were the owners of the first home built by Koinonia’s Partnership Housing Program. They and their five children moved into a concrete-block home with a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system, replacing the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.
In 1973, the Fullers decided to take the Fund for Humanity concept to Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program there, the Fullers then returned to the United States and called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream: Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976.
The times have changed, the build site locations have grown in number, but the very real change that Beau and Emma’s family experienced is shared by families today who partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Thanks in no small part to the personal involvement of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn and the awareness they have raised, Habitat now works in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries and has helped more than 46 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope. We proudly support Fauquier and Rappahannock counties in Virginia.
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing in partnership with families in need. Reaching across religious, cultural, and racial boundaries, we seek to rebuild a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through homeownership.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe, with more than 1,400 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, affordable place to live in dignity and safety and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.