About Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

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

Vision: Everyone in Orange County has a decent place to live. 

Habitat for Humanity partners with families to create better, healthier, more financially stable lives. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better future for themselves and their families.

Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds homes for families in need. Homes are sold with low interest mortgages. Homeowners make monthly payments, which are set at 30% or less of their income, making homeownership an affordable reality.

In addition to building new homes, Habitat also partners with families who live in non-Habitat homes to assist them in making repairs to their homes, such as exterior painting, siding repairs, or cleaning, repairing, or installing ramps and handrails, etc. By offering repairs as well as new construction, Habitat ensures the most cost-efficient means of providing affordable and safe homes.

Habitat for Humanity is a private nonprofit organization that is funded through the generosity of local individuals, businesses, faith organizations, and foundations. Since 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has served over 300 families.

A woman stands in front of a Habitat home in Guatemala


Two kids play in front of a Habitat home

All Are Welcome  

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County as a matter of policy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, or physical or mental disability for its clients, its employees, its volunteers, or the members of its Board of Directors.

Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy. All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views, or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is one of 1,400 affiliates in the United States. Habitat for Humanity International has offices in 90 countries around the world. 

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

Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Betsy Blackwell, Past Chair


Jim McNeely

CertaPro Painters of Chapel Hill

Andy Buchanan

Blackfin Real Estate Investors

Anna Millar, Second Vice Chair

Wake Technical Community College

Douglas Call

Retired, Captain, U.S. Navy

Retired, IQVIA (formerly Quintiles)

Pilar Rocha-Goldberg

El Centro Hispano

Sharon Davis


Joan Siefert Rose, Secretary

National Association of Corporate Directors

Zac Hedrick, Treasurer

SouthState Bank

John Stanley


Kelly Holcombe

Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina

Annetta Stokes Streater

Adams School of Dentistry

Darlene Laws

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Ree Ree Wei

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm

Emil Malizia

Professor, UNC Department of City and Regional Planning

Anna Wu, Chair

Retired, UNC Facilities Services

Gordon Merklein

UNC Chapel Hill

Michael Zuber, First Vice Chair

Vice President Wealth Management Advisor, Investors Trust



Advisory Board

Aaron Bachenheimer      

Executive Director, Off-Campus Student Life and Community Partnerships, UNC-Chapel Hill

Charles Merritt      

Special Advisor, Venture Capital Multiplier Fund, Hatteras Venture Partners

Moses Carey      

Retired, State of North Carolina

Edward David Paradise      

RTP Site Executive & VP of Engineering, Security & Trust Organization, Cisco Systems Inc.

Sue Harvin, Chair

Retired, Public Health Research

Benjamin Perry      

Finance Director, East West Partners

George Horton      

Managing Partner, Tryon Investment Properties

Rob Reda      

Solutions Development Analyst, North Carolina Department of Information Technology

Karen McCall      

Retired, UNC Health Care