A Brief History
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that works to build affordable houses with families in need. In the fall of 1991, a group of citizens met at the Presbyterian Hut on Church St. to explore the possibility of forming a Habitat organization locally. Being aware of the success of Habitat in other communities, the decision was made to proceed.
Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County (HFHSC) received its franchise from Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) in the spring of 1992, and proceeded to build its first house during that year.
The City of Laurinburg gave HFHSC building lots on R. Graham and Wagram streets where sub-standard houses had been demolished in the 1970’s. Six Habitat homes where built in this area and one in Gibson between 1992 and 1996.
In 1995 the Habitat Home Store opened its doors at 114 Roper St. as an ongoing fundraiser to benefit HFHSC. The store became a huge success almost overnight. Today the store boasts sales of over $200,000 annually.
In 1996 a local property owner and business man donated 10 plus acres of land located on the eastern edge of Laurinburg.
Following this tremendous land acquisition HFHSC partnered with the City of Laurinburg and received a City Block Grant of $250,000 from HUD in 1997. This money was used to survey the property, install underground utilities, and to build a street with sidewalks.
This sub-division was appropriately named Providence Place and the street running through it, Covenant Way. Construction has continued to grow rapidly, and today 25 Habitat homes have been built in Providence Place. In 2003 the success of Providence Place helped the City of Laurinburg earn the distinction of All America City when it was used as a feature project in the City’s bid for the All America City title.
HFHSC is grateful to the many partner families, volunteers, donors, and churches who have contributed so generously over the years. Together HFHSC and the citizens of Scotland County have built a total of 49 houses for 49 families in need.
We have now moved into our new Habitat Home Store (now called ReStore) on Rt. 15-401 at 12340 McColl Road in Laurinburg. This new location, with its high visibility and double the current store space, will allow us to build 4 homes per year versus the current level of two. Plus, it will provide a safe, ADA compliant facility for employees, volunteers and customers. Please come to our new ReStore and shop, donate goods and volunteer. We need volunteers to help in the store, pickups and deliveries and to build homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.