We’ve been been building homes and hope in San Diego since 1988.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that everyone should have a simple, decent, and affordable home to live in dignity and safety.
Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, and his wife, Linda, were devoted to a life of service. They lived for a short period at Koinonia Farms in Georgia, where they were exposed to the ideas that formed the basis of Habitat for Humanity — the idea that self-help, respect, and payback of homebuilding costs with no profit was a way to empower families to improve not only their living conditions, but their entire lives. The Fullers officially formed Habitat for Humanity International in 1976.
San Diegans Dennis and Georgia Briscoe befriended the Fullers and became committed to the Habitat concept. When the adult Sunday school class at First United Methodist Church raised $40,000 to help in 1988, the Briscoes founded the Habitat affiliate in San Diego.
A CROSS-BORDER AFFILIATE
San Diego-Tijuana Habitat for Humanity was originally a cross-border affiliate — the only one of its kind in the history of Habitat. In 1990, President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, came to San Diego to help build homes in Mexico and in the United States for the first ever bi-national Jimmy Carter Work Project, a one-week long blitz style build. The Carters and about 3,000 volunteers built 107 homes in the region during the event — 100 in Tijuana and and seven in Encanto (Southeast San Diego).
By the early 1990’s, Habitat for Humanity International was going strong and took over efforts in Mexico, leaving the San Diego affiliate to focus on building in San Diego County — but not before 358 homes were built across the border.