In the News

Volunteers raising walls and building hope every week

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DURHAM HERALD SUN - By Anna Benfield. On a recent Friday morning more than 50 construction volunteers found their way to five build homes across North East Central Durham. By 9 a.m. they were hard at work, building walls and installing siding on new homes and removing old flooring from a fut… Read More

Habitat’s 30 years of delivering ‘sermons you can see’

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DURHAM HERALD SUN - By Editor Bob Ashley. In 1985, Joe Harvard was only a few years into what would be a distinguished three-decade tenure leading Durham’s First Presbyterian Church. The young pastor already was deeply involved in social ministry, and was part of the Durham Congregati… Read More

Habitat builds ‘instant gratification’ in East Durham

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DURHAM NEWS AND OBSERVER - By Jim Wise. Banker Kari Stoltz took a day off work last week – and spent the day at work of a different kind: building a house. Kneeling over two-by-fours with hammer and nails in hand, she looked perfectly at ease. “I got to know the nail gun l… Read More

Triangle Executives Team Up for Habitat for Humanity CEO Build


For Release April 6, 2015 Nearly 40 Triangle executives will take a break from their boardrooms to spend Tuesday, April 14, building homes in partnership with qualified families during the fourth annual Habitat for Humanity CEO Build. The event brings together chief executive officers and … Read More

Volunteer of the Week: Lindsey and Jackie Pareis

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DURHAM HERALD SUN - By Volunteer Center of Durham Lindsey and Jackie Pareis Habitat for Humanity of Durham One and a half years It takes more than hammers and nails to build homes; it also takes office work.  As volunteers in the Durham office of Habitat for Humanity, the mother-an… Read More

Durham Habitat welcomes spring with two home kick offs

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DURHAM HERALD SUN — By Blake Strayhorn, Habitat for Humanity Durham, Welcome, spring!  After a long, cold February, spring arrived in Durham, seemingly overnight.  The season of rebirth and renewal is here.  As nature exploded all around us, Durham Habitat embrace… Read More

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

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”