About Us

Habitat's Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat's Mission Statement

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

About Habitat for Humanity

Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome

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.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.



What is Habitat for Humanity International?

  • A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.

  • We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

  • To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

  • Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda.

  • Today, we have helped build over 400,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.   There are more than 1,500 affiliates around the United States that help accomplish the goals of eliminating poverty housing.

How does it work?

  • Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.

  • Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

  • Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit with a 20 year interest free loan.

  • The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

How are partner families selected?

  • Families in need of decent shelter apply to Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity.  Come by the office, which is located inside the ReStore at 421 Towson Avenue, Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm.

  • Our family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.

  • Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.

Your local Habitat affiliate: Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity (AVHFH)

2014 Board of Directors

Wayne King, President

Danette Boyd, Secretary

Rob Thomas, Treasurer


Wesley Coats

Brad Sneed

Craig Wahlmeier


Who we are and where to find us:


Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity & The ReStore

421 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72902

Office: 479-782-8255 ReStore: 479-783-2766


Frank Fodge, Executive Director  avhfh@mynewroads.com

Eddie Peters, Construction Supervisor habidude@gmail.com

Jaime Hebert, Volunteer Coordinator  volunteer@habitatfs.org

Candy Chapman, Administrative Asst.  admin@habitatfs.org



Click here to view the Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI) Website

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