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Syracuse Habitat for Humanity

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit ecumenical agency whose mission is to eliminate substandard housing in the world.


Mission Statement

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which people can live and grow into all that God intended.


How do we accomplish this mission?

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity was incorporated in 1984 and our first house was completed in 1986. Since then, we have built or renovated over 85 homes.  Syracuse Habitat for Humanity “lends a hand up, not a hand out.”  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity homes are sold to partner families with an affordable mortgage based on income.  To ensure commitment, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity requires homeowners to invest 300 volunteer “sweat equity hours” in labor, as well as provide a $1,000.00 down payment. This allows people who would not otherwise qualify for a mortgage to become first-time homeowners.


Habitat for Humanity International Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.


Habitat for Humanity International Mission Statement

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Non-proselytizing Policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Our Staff/Board
Our Staff
Our Board

Sarah Bruce, AIA, Executive Director

Lisa Palleschi, Assistant Executive Director

Bill Dolan, Volunteer Coordinator

Lisa Ogletree, Office Assistant

Eleanesse Pinto, Office Assistant

Nick Barone, ReStore Manager

Billy Deyneka, ReStore Associate

Dean Neu, Construction

Gary Butterfield, Construction

Jeff Pawlowski, President

Tim Andersen, Vice President

Jean Cole, Treasurer

Michael D'Arrigo, Secretary

Teri Nelson

Betsy Bernardin

Ann Fordock

Don Scholl

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