Baytown Habitat for Humanity was incorporated in August 1990. The first Baytown Habitat home was completed in September 1991, and since then, they have completed 35 more homes in the Baytown Community alongside families in need. Habitat is supported by local businesses, civic groups, churches and individual volunteers.
Habitat does not build houses for families; rather, it builds alongside those who demonstrate need and willingness to partner with Habitat. Homeowner families invest hundreds of hours of their own “sweat equity” labor into the homes. Their monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity to help fund the construction of more houses. Through this approach, Habitat gives partner families a hand up, restoring the hope and dignity that poverty can strip away.
Habitat worksites are places to build relationships as well as houses. Modeled on biblical principles, Habitat’s self-help solution to the blight of substandard housing is popular with people from many political, professional, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. This is the essence of Habitat’s “theology of the hammer,” which invites diverse individuals to find common ground in using a hammer and sharing a goal.
Each year for the past 14 years 35-50 students and their sponsors from the MAry Institute and Coun try Day School in St. Louis have come to Baytown during their Spring Break week to help build Baytown’s Habitat for Humanity homes.
Faith and other Baytown churches provide meals and accommodations for these dedicated students.