Mission and Vision
Koinonia Farm was founded in Americus, GA in 1942 by Clarence and Florence Jordan as a demonstration of service to others through generous hospitality. Koinonia’s commitment to racial equality, pacifism, and economic sharing helped create a revolutionary intentional community of believers sharing their lives and resources, following the example of the first Christian communities as described in the Bible. The radical ideas from which the community sprung brought violence to the farm in the 1950s and there was an ongoing attempted to force them out of their community. Not to be deterred, the residents of Koinonia Farm responded with prayer, nonviolent resistance, and a renewed commitment to their way of life.
As society progressed, the leadership at the farm began to focus on the poor quality of housing in their local community. Their mission pivoted as they took on the calling to build decent, affordable homes for their neighbors. Koinonia Farm’s self-proclaimed “housing ministry” evolved into Habitat for Humanity International under the leadership of Millard and Linda Fuller, who became members of Koinonia after leaving a lucrative, albeit challenging, lifestyle in New York. Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has become a global housing organization working with people of all faith traditions and backgrounds, operating in all 50 states in the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world.
Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, Ky, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is a 501(c)(3) housing non-profit committed to giving hardworking, low-income families a hand up, not a hand out. Our offices originally were located in the Big Rivers building downtown before moving onto Klutey Park Plaza Dr and opening the first Habitat ReStore in Henderson. In 2013, we moved next to the Dodge Store on Green Street and expanded the ReStore floor space. Our dedicated volunteers continued the mission of building safe, decent and affordable housing in the community. Many people came to know Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, Ky, Inc. by visiting the store to hunt for a bargain! While on Green St, home builds #50 – #59 were built, and we did a Blitz Build for a local family in 2015. In 2016, we had to move locations to Carlisle Street for almost a year until moving, yet again, to our forever home at 1030 Third Street in Henderson, Ky. We are finishing up houses #67 and #68 plus digging the footer on house #69 and house #70, both of which will be under construction this fall. We have continued to grow in our small community because we believe in Habitat’s mission in that everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home.