Durham Habitat Home Kickoffs


Habitat of Durham celebrates the start of each home build with a kickoff event - and YOU are 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 m… Read More

Durham Habitat: The train rolls on!

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DURHAM HERALD SUN - By Blake Strayhorn, Habitat for Humanity of Durham Durham Habitat celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  Once called an idealistic, utopian dream, Habitat has built more than 320 homes in Durham, and has repaired hundreds more.  The early days we… Read More

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

Habitat Success Stories

Martha partnered with North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church to build and purchase a Habitat home for her and her two sons in East Durham. "God's got a plan," Martha said. "His timing is perfect."