Habitat work sites 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.
In freeing families from the unending struggles that accompany inadequate shelter, Habitat houses open the door to increased self-esteem and self-reliance. In turn, families can devote more attention to job opportunities, education and health. As the cycle of poverty is broken, their children benefit, their neighborhoods change for the better, and entire communities improve.