Mission & History
Habitat for Humanity was established in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. The Fullers wanted to address poverty housing on a global scale through “partnership housing”. The Fullers' concept of partnership housing centers on those in need of adequate shelter working side-by-side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. Habitat homeowners' partnership includes contributing "sweat equity" by building alongside volunteers and taking homeownership classes. Habitat homeowners pay an affordable mortgage on their homes.
The seed for the Habitat for Humanity of Craven County NC was planted locally in 1987. Jeff Vaughn, an area builder, organized Habitat for Humanity in New Bern because he saw firsthand the number of people in need of safe, affordable housing. Jeff used his connections in the construction, social services and banking industries along with many other concerned members from the community to form Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Bern in 1989. The name was changed to Habitat for Humanity of Craven County NC in 2009, expanding our services throughout the county. The hard work and dedication of volunteers and supports has enabled Habitat for Humanity of Craven County to help more than 70 families realize their dream of purchasing a decent, affordable home. Today, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County has expanded to include a robust homebuyer education program and other community educational initiatives, neighborhood revitalization program focusing on critical repairs, weatherization, and aging-in-place to create sustainable and healthy housing for existing homeowners, and a ReStore located in downtown New Bern.