30 Years In Durham


Durham Habitat was founded in 1985 - 30 years ago!  It all started with Habitat mission trips. From 1982 to 1984, Watts Street Baptist Church led mission trips to build in Tennessee and Maryland. As the trips grew in popularity, Worth Lutz, Dick Chorley, Floyd Fletcher, Joe L… Read More

EPA administrator lauds Durham Habitat homes

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Dec. 12, 2014 Alex Dixon The Herald-Sun | Alex Dixon Rep. Butterfield, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, Habitat president Blake Strayhorn and Mayor Bill Bell stand with the homeowners of two energy efficient Habitat homes on Ashe Street. DURHAM — For the new reside… Read More

It was love at first sight


One donor’s $50,000 gift built the Brouhard home. Usually it takes many donors with many gifts. Durham Habitat needs your help to eradicate poverty housing — will you be one of the many? Meet Kyle and Labesia, Durham Habitat’s first legally blind homebuyer couple. Ky… Read More

Thankful Daughter

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DURHAM HERALD SUN—Heather Graham, Durham Habitat Communications Manager My mom is the no-nonsense kind of woman who credits success to hard work. I am thankful this holiday season and every time I’m faced with any challenge that she is my role model. She has been through a lot… Read More

Durham Habitat Home Dedications


Habitat of Durham celebrates the close of each home build with a dedication - and you're always invited!These short, 30-minute ceremonies usually consist of a few words from Habitat, the partner family, and any sponsors associated with the build and then fellowship over a modest meal. It is … Read More

Durham Habitat: Interfaith partnerships build community

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DURHAM —Blake Strayhorn, Habitat for Humanity “Jesus will be the site supervisor,” said the organizational email for a Durham Habitat home build on Taylor Street.  Taylor Street was an Interfaith Build sponsored by members of Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, Fi… Read More

The Ultimate Power Tool

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Steve and Betsy Levitas were looking to celebrate their love story and their 35 years of marriage in a special way. They found it with Habitat of Durham.  They called on friends and family to celebrate with them by helping them sponsor a home for a family in need. Betsy is a member of … Read More

‘Pink Ribbon Build’ gives back to caregivers

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Durham Herald SunBy Blake Strayhorn, Executive DIrector at Durham Habitat for Humanity Habitat homeowner Margare Allen’s great-grandson, Tavion, started kindergarten at Glenn Elementary recently.  Margare reports that Tavion, who has lived with her forever, is one of the… Read More

The Pink Ribbon Build Kicks Off

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The inspiration for an exciting Habitat home sponsorship came in 2011, when Margaret Rubiera was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was anxious, but the kindness and compassion of her caregivers made her journey one of strength and optimism. Margaret saw the nurses, lab techs, and other careg… Read More

Durham United for Durham Habitat

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Durham United is the unstoppable team made up of City of Durham employees and County of Durham employees. This group comes together in service of their community with more than 400 people from more than 100 departments volunteering and fundraising for Habitat of Durham each year.  Righ… Read More

Habitat Success Stories

Lucy has led construction volunteers in more than five Women Builds. A civil engineer, Lucy has volunteered to teach hundreds of neighbors who have no construction experience how to build beautiful homes, and she can teach you as well.