Building Homes. Building Hope.

Habitat for Humanity's mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Our vision is of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Ride For Refuge

Road Riders Unite For all of you out there who love the feel the wind in your face as you put your muscles to the test and navigate the asphalt, this event is for you!

  • During the course of our work we encounter volunteers, donors, Community Partners, all very generous individuals and companies who support us in furthering our mission to breaking the cycle of poverty through homeownership. 

    Donations allow us to supply our social enterprise ReStores with items that are sold to build more homes. But every once in a while, a particular donation will make you ponder on the privilege it is to be a witness of pure generosity.

    Andrew Zlot’s donation is one of those. This former Restoration business owner donated to the ReStores three truckloads worth of goods varying from motorbikes to professional mechanic set tools and antique furniture. Needless to say that this contribution generated excitement and gratitude among the entire Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver staff. Dave Olson, in charge of procurement, says “That’s one of those donations that makes it a privilege to do pick-ups”. 

    Though Zlot’s generosity is truly inspiring, it is his sheer modesty that makes an impression on you. “I really truly and honestly take no credit for the donation” he says.

    When asked what it meant to him to donate to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, Andrew replied he believes his true nature is charity and adds that he “feels truly blessed to have the opportunity and circumstances that allow him to contribute” to the work of Habitat and his community. “We all are in the same boat and need each other as much as your right hand needs your left”. Those statements most definitely attest to Andrew’s big heart, which we are immensely grateful for.

    Thank you Andrew and to all the others, who, like you, share so generously to advance our mission.

  • If you run an internet search for the word "community" you might come across this definition: “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”

    On August 15th and 16th this feeling of fellowship truly came to life as 50 plus volunteers and 11 of our Community Partners rallied up for the Work Bee at 8745 Government Street, Burnaby.

    The goal was to help Habitat Partner Families get their houses into shape for the fall and provide the strata council with a clean slate as it is scheduled to take possession of the 1999 townhouse complex.

    This was no small project but that did not deter our wonderful volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and got their hands, knees and clothes dirty. As the days went by, muscles, shovels, hammers, paint rollers and even a boom truck moved around joyfully to dig ditches, pave and light a parking area, build fences, paint and power wash.

    The sense of friendship and togetherness was almost tangible and our Community Partners generously contributed to the success of the cleanup by helping us meet needs such as catering, equipment, homebuilding supplies and even entertainment!

    A true Community gathered around the residents of Government Street. We, at Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, are truly blessed to rely on such wonderful forces.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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