About Us

Habitat for Humanity of Salem County NJ

Volunteer sitting on ground and smiling at camera

Our organization was established in 1982 and is one of the oldest Habitats in the nation. We are nonprofit, Christian Housing Ministry that believes that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over Salem County using volunteer labor and donations. Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

  • Building Homes
  • Fixing Homes
  • Building Wheelchair Ramps
  • Managing ReStore to sell new and gently used goods to fund the above projects.


We are partnered with Habitat for Humanity Romania. Together we can build more homes for more people across the world.

In the mid 1990’s, in the small town of Beius, Bihor county, the idea and the concept of Habitat for Humanity started to be implicated in Romania. Romania was the 50th country in the Habitat for Humanity’s world. Visit their website here.


Sources of Income: church donations, individual donations, corporate and business donations, civic groups, collegiate challenge and summer mission groups and homeowner mortgage monies that are recycled back to the program. We now have a Habitat ReStore which for fiscal year 2017 returned $285k+ to the Affiliate…goal of $300k for 2018 Exceeded


Salaries, building materials, general operating expenses.  

Mission & Core Values

Mission Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission Statement

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

Mission Principals

  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 preserve 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.

Board of Directors

Listed in alphabetical order

Patty BombaPatty Bomba

Ms. Lindsay Harmon Lindsay Harmon, Vice Pres.

Charles Hassler Charles Hassler

 Kenneth Miller, Esq.

Ms. Carol Musso Carol Musso, President

Ms. Stephanie Ransome Stephanie Ransome
Ms. Maria Siegel Maria Siegel
Ms. Cordy Taylor Cordy Taylor

Ms. Helen Townsend Helen Townsend, Secretary


Ms. Sue Ann Leighty Sue Ann Leighty
Executive Director

Mr. Josh Ellis Josh Ellis
Driver Helper

Mr. Joe Lesher Joe Lesher
Construction Manager

Ms. Delsea Schaffer Delsea Schaffer
ReStore Manager

Mr. Bill Nelson Bill Nelson

Ms. Shainna Waddington Shainna Waddington
ReStore Manager / Executive Assistant

Joshua SmithJoshua Smith

Mr. Robert Rowe Robert Rowe
Rest in Peace 2022

Habitat for Humanity International


Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Today, Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.

“One thing I really believe about Habitat is that even though we’re building with hammers and nails, we’re not just building a house,” said Ana Valentin-Jackson, a habitat homeowner and staffer who helped build houses with the Carters and other volunteers in Washington, D.C. “We’re building opportunities for families just like mine.”

Click HERE to download Habitat for Humanity History Presentation (PDF)

Read More of Our History

Habitat for Humanity marks a major milestone as it dedicates its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and begins construction on its 500,001st house in Paterson, N.J. Volunteers and homeowners are joining Habitat for Humanity Kenya and Paterson Habitat for Humanity in celebrating the milestones as part of events held worldwide to mark World Habitat Day 2011.

“It is a testament to the power of what God can do when people come together to build homes, communities and hope,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “I am so grateful to all of the volunteers, donors and advocates who share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
In Kenya, Habitat for Humanity completed the 500,000th house in partnership with Leah Wairimu Ngugi and her grandchildren. Ms. Ngugi’s family is one of many who were displaced after post-election violence erupted in the country in late 2007. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes, which were looted and burned. These internally displaced persons (IDP) lost all of their belongings and are living in small tents, often in deplorable conditions. Habitat Kenya has worked with IDP in Maai Mahiu for more than two years and has helped resettle 235 families into durable, decent, three-room houses in new communities.

Humble Beginnings at Koinonia Farm

The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama tobegin a new life of Christian service. At Koinonia, Jordan and 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 simple, decent houses.

The Fund for Humanity

The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on the loans. Building costs would be financed by a revolving fund called “The Fund for Humanity.” The fund’s money would come from the new homeowners’ house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.

The Fund for Humanity’s mission statement:

What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance. The Fund for Humanity will meet both of these needs. Money for the fund will come from shared gifts by those who feel they have more than they need and from non-interest bearing loans from those who cannot afford to make a gift but who do want to provide working capital for the disinherited . . . The fund will give away no money. It is not a handout.

Inception of Habitat for Humanity

In 1968, Koinonia laid out 42 half-acre house sites with four acres reserved as a community park and recreational area. Capital was donated from around the country to start the work. Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest. The basic model of Habitat for Humanity was begun.


In 1973, the Fullers decided to apply the Fund for Humanity concept in developing countries. The Fuller family moved to Mbandaka, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo.) The Fullers’ goal was to offer affordable yet adequate shelter to 2,000 people. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, the Fullers returned to the United States.

Expansion into Habitat for Humanity International

In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International as an organization was born at this meeting. The eight years that followed, vividly described in Millard Fuller’s book, “Love in the Mortar Joints,” proved that the vision of a housing ministry was workable. Faith, hard work and direction set HFHI on its successful course.

Phenomenal Growth

In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat’s ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat’s work across the nation. HFHI experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new affiliates around the country.

Habitat Today

Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all.

Today, Habitat has helped build or repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than 3 million people around the world. You can visit Habitat for Humanity International at https://www.habitat.org.

“The theology of the hammer embraces wholeheartedly the idea that the love of God and love of man must be blended. The word and the deed must come together. One without the other is devoid of meaning … As the deed gets closer to the word, God gets closer to us. The results are always wonderful — and sometimes spectacular!”

— Millard Fuller, Founder
Habitat for Humanity International