Habitat for Humanity of Durham grew from Durham’s faith community, commitment to service, and belief in true partnership.
From 1982 to 1984, a group of youth and adults at Watts Street Baptist Church led mission trips to build with Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee and Maryland. As the trips grew in popularity, Worth Lutz, Dick Chorley, Floyd Fletcher, and Joe Lee, Jr. began exploring the feasibility of founding a Habitat affiliate in Durham.
In October 1985, Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA), an organization of 24 churches and faith communities, came together to officially found Habitat for Humanity of Durham. In 1989, Trinity United Methodist Church, a DCIA member, offered free office space to the new organization, and our offices are still located there today.