Benita Martinez came to Austin Habitat for Humanity
in 1993. She had no credit, no bank account, and was
almost out of hope. With the support of Austin Habitat,
she stabilized her finances and qualified for the Affordable Homeownership Program. The money she
saved through an affordable mortgage allowed her to earn her GED, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She
built a secure future for her children and helped pay for their higher education. Most importantly, she set an
example of what can be achieved through hard work. Benita and her children’s success is a testament
to the power of homeownership and its ability to break the cycle of poverty for generations to come.
Benita’s story would not be possible without our volunteers or ReStore shoppers and donors.
Looking for a way to give back
in your new community?
We build and repair homes almost exclusively
with volunteer labor. Whether you’re a skilled
craftsperson or you’ve never picked up a
hammer, building with Austin Habitat is a
life-changing experience both for you and
Sponsor a project, bring a group, or come on
your own. We can’t do it without you.
Getting registered to
volunteer is easy.
Austin Habitat works with more than
8,000 volunteers like you each year. We’ve
got something for everyone. You can
build a home, repair a home, or if you’re
looking for something else, we have lots of
non-construction volunteer opportunities.
Take a look at our Volunteer Calendar at
for more information.
makes a difference