Habitat For Humanity
How We Support Habitat for Humanity
Morgan James Publishing’s founder, David L. Hancock, recognizes that Millions of Americans face a housing crisis. In fact, 5.1 million American families have “worst-case” housing needs, forced to pay more than half their income for housing, endure overcrowded conditions and/or live in houses with severe physical deficiencies. While the number of families in poverty is growing, the number of affordable rental units is shrinking, and most families who qualify for government housing assistance aren’t receiving any aid.
Worldwide, the need is even greater. Some 2 billion people worldwide live in poverty housing. More than 1 billion live in urban slums, and that figure is expected to double by 2030. Many of these people earn less than US$2 per day.
Housing problems have far-reaching consequences. The high cost of housing leaves low-income families little money for other basic necessities like food, clothing or health care. Substandard housing can endanger the health and safety of its occupants, erode their hope and self-worth, and impair their children’s ability to succeed in school.
Habitat for Humanity is changing lives. Working in partnership with low-income families to build decent homes they can afford to buy, Habitat helps to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. At the end of 2005, more than 1 million people worldwide will live in decent, affordable Habitat for Humanity houses.
In this unique program, Morgan James Publishing is committing to the following and is challenging others to do similarly:
- Financial support – Morgan James Publishing is donating a percentage of all book sales on a monthly basis from our Global (US/UK/CA) efforts under the Habitat for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg Building Partner Program for the life of each book.
- Public awareness – Morgan James Publishing is raising awareness by promoting Habitat for Humanity with every book we release, both inside and outside (with authors consent of course). Creating press opportunities to promote Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg and prominently on our Morgan James Publishing website(s), literature, radio spots, seminars, etc.
- Mobilizing volunteers – Morgan James Publishing rolls up our sleeves and does whatever it takes to encourage and mobilize globally volunteers with an emphasis on Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, including getting our own hands dirty!
- Morgan James Builds with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg – We are dedicated to the exercise of faith in action by helping provide safe, decent, affordable homes and communities in a unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, and low-income families. Morgan James and our authors will be building homes one square foot at a time, using Facebook Causes as our tool for raising awareness and support. See and Join the initiative here… or log into Facebook and search “Morgan James Habitat Home”.
“We place the Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg logo on the back and inside of our books, with a statement that a percentage of the revenues from the book are donated to the organization. As founder, I speak at many of the home dedications to help raise awareness for Habitat and our authors. We also give a library of books to the new homeowners. So at the same time when we are generating funds for them, we are also raising awareness for the organization’s life-changing work, helping low-income families build decent homes they can afford to buy. Our efficient business model, enabled by our partnership with Ingram Publisher Services, makes it possible for us to participate with Habitat for Humanity in this way.” - David L. Hancock
How Can I Help?
You can make a difference one book at a time by visiting your favorite BookStore and purchasing a Morgan James title as a percentage of every book sale is donated to Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.
Buy a S.H.A.R.E. in the Future of Your Community!
A 1,200 square foot Habitat House Costs $72,000 to build, which breaks down to about $62 per square foot. Therefore, the cost of one S.H.A.R.E. (Share Habitat’s Affordable Re-housing Efforts) or one square foot is $54.17. These S.H.A.R.E. certificates make great holiday, graduation and birthday gifts that can be personalized with the recipient’s name. The personalized certificate is suitable for framing and will state the number of shares purchased and the amount of each share, as well as the recipient’s name. The home that you participate in “building” will last for many years and will continue to grow in value. Please visit our facebook cause page and purchase your SHARE today!
To volunteer where you live, use the Habitat affiliate search engine to find contact information for your local affiliate.