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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.

Celebrating more than 30 years of building and repairing homes in San Bernardino County

Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Patrick J. Morris and his wife Sally. After attending a Habitat Blitz Build in Mexico along with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter, Patrick and Sally decided to start a Habitat for Humanity affiliate serving the greater San Bernardino Area. In 1994, the first Habitat affordable home was completed in the City of San Bernardino.

Thirty years later, we partner with people in need of affordable housing solutions in San Bernardino area communities including Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, San Bernardino, Redlands, Rialto, and Yucaipa. With your support, Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area helps people achieve strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter by building or improving places to call home. Habitat homeowners receive financial education, help build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay an affordable mortgage. To see a map of our service area, click here.

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life and a good place to live. With a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own. Whether you give financial support, your time, your voice, your skill, or your property, no gift is too small and each one makes a lasting difference. Everyone can do something today to make it possible for another person or family to have a decent place to live.

Former President Jimmy Carter is the inspiration for founding Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area affiliate. As Habitat’s most famous volunteer, his is the face many people most closely associate with Habitat for Humanity International.

Since his presidency in 1977-81 until he began hospice care in September 2023, Carter actively worked alongside over 100,000 volunteers across the U.S. and in 14 countries, helping to build and repair more than 4,000 homes. He and his wife, Rosalynn helped propel Habitat for Humanity to where it is today.

More than 31 years ago, Patrick Morris and his wife Sally attended a blitz build in Mexico, where the Carters were helping to build 400 homes in a weekend. Inspired by their efforts, the Morrises returned and opened a new Habitat affiliate that would serve people in and around San Bernardino. Since then, Habitat San Bernardino has helped 100s of people build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

A portrait of the 39th president of the United States oversees the efforts of our staff as they work daily to provide affordable decent housing solutions in the San Bernardino Area. We remember the humility, grace, perseverance, and love he showed his fellow humans, and the work he did worldwide to advocate for peace, democracy, and quality of life.

Former President Jimmy Carter is the inspiration for founding Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area affiliate.

Rosalynn Carter

We were saddened to learn Rosalynn Carter has died.

The former first lady touched the hearts of so many with her genuine compassion, tireless spirit and deep faith. She was one of Habitat for Humanity’s greatest supporters, and I was honored to call her my friend.

When many people think of Habitat, they think of President Carter, but Mrs. Carter was just as much of a Habitat hero. She worked hard, often in difficult conditions, to make life better for families around the world. She believed deeply in our mission and many times became very emotional when she talked about the families with whom she and her husband had worked. Like other Habitat volunteers, she would often say that she and President Carter got so much more out of helping families build their homes than they gave. She graciously shared her husband and her life with the world because she was so committed to helping others.

President and Mrs. Carter first volunteered with Habitat in 1984. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on a Habitat build site in Chicago; they camped out with volunteers in locations around the world; and they did countless interviews and appearances — many of them as part of long build days — to raise awareness about the need for adequate and affordable shelter. She did not choose to attract attention, but she was willing to use her social capital to attract Habitat supporters.

She was also an extraordinary advocate for mental health as well as issues affecting women and children. I always think of how gracious and gentle she was without backing off from issues that were important to her.

We feel a great loss today, but we are comforted by the knowledge that Mrs. Carter’s legacy will live on through the people she touched and the example she set for servant leadership.

In the coming hours and days, you will find Habitat’s public tributes to Mrs. Carter on our website and social media channels. I invite each of you to visit to share a memory, reflection or words of appreciation for Mrs. Carter in our online memory book.

In partnership,

Jonathan Reckford
Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity International

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