What is Scioto Valley Habitat for Humanity?


Scioto Valley Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry, is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, whose objective is to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. By having affluent and poor people work together in equal partnership, Habitat for Humanity builds new relationships and a sense of community as well as new houses.






The official purposes of Habitat for Humanity are to sponsor specific projects in habitat development globally, by

constructing modest but adequate housing, and to associate with other organizations functioning with purposes

consistent with those of Habitat, to witness with the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world:


1. By working in cooperation with God's people in need to create a better habitat in which to live and work;

2. By working in cooperation with other agencies and groups which have a kindred purpose;

3. By exemplifying the gospel of Jesus Christ though loving acts and the spoken and written word;

4. By enabling an expanding number of persons from all walks of life to participate in this ministry;

5. By helping people to help themselves.



The ultimate goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by constructing and building adequate and basic housing. Furthermore, all of our words and actions are for the ultimate purpose  of putting shelter on the hearts and minds of people in such a powerful way that poverty housing and homelessness become socially, politically and religiously unacceptable in our nations and world.



Scioto Valley Habitat for Humanity is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 22 to 24 directors who operate according to by-laws adopted by the initial Board in 1993. Directors serve two-year terms. They understand that:


  • They are responsible for providing leadership in all of Habitat's work and for directing the affairs of the affiliate. They endeavor to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of Habitat and to implement and administer those policies and  programs.
  • They must be knowledgeable of Habitat's operations by studying, analyzing and examining proposals, reports, minutes, past policies and other matters requiring action. They agree to devote significant time and energy to fulfilling their responsibilities for decision-making and expect to be provided, in a timely manner, with adequate information relevant and necessary to making informed decisions.
  • Habitat's activities are extensive and that the board consists of committees which address specific programs and administrative areas of the board's work. They participate in and support the work of these committees.
  • They are to fully support the work of Habitat, both individually and collectively. They faithfully attend and participate in board and committee meetings, serve as public advocates, financially contribute and support Habitat's work, visit and participate in the activities of sponsored and affiliate projects, and attend to other necessary functions and activities of the Board of Directors and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Habitat for Humanity involves a public trust which seeks to implement the gospel of Jesus Christ. They exercise good stewardship and uphold the highest standards of conduct affecting Habitat. They agree to avoid conflicts of interest and appearances of impropriety.
  • Habitat for Humanity board meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at the office located at 171 East 5th Street in Chillicothe. These meetings are open to the public.