Family Services & Outreach
A Family Advocate is a volunteer that serves on the Family Advocate Committee (FAC) and works directly with an approved Homebuyer in conjunction with Habitat staff and other volunteers. Family Advocates report to the Director of Family Services and Outreach. The mission of the FAC committee is to provide one-on-one support to each Homebuyer and to appropriately help address needs before, during, and after construction of homes.
The following is a brief description of what a Family Advocate does:
1. Participate with Homebuyer in a homeowner education program.
- Assist FAC in developing curriculum
- Attend monthly workshops with Homebuyer
- Attend meetings with Homebuyer as announced
2. Provide transportation (as needed) for Homebuyer to pertinent meetings.
3. Organize and facilitate details of Ground Blessings and Dedications.
- Confirm dates of these events with Homebuyer to ensure participation
- Enlist help of other Habitat volunteers as needed for program personnel
- Work with Habitat staff to ensure program is printed and is available at the events
4. Provide support to partner families before, during and after construction of home.
- Help Homebuyer earn hours by reporting direct communication, attending meetings with the Homebuyer and working on site (when appropriate) with the Homebuyer
- Attend Design Conference with Homebuyer and assist with decisions when requested
- Attend closing with Homebuyer
- Assist Homebuyer with accessing gift of 100 pounds of food from Dare to Care
- Make contact with Homebuyer during month of first year anniversary to assess overall well-being
5. Serve as an informed representative of the agency to the community by being aware of Habitat’s mission and other pertinent information related to the Family Advocate Committee.
We invite you to read about Ellen's role as a Family Advocate.
Family Selection Committee
The Family Selection Committee establishes eligibility criteria, screens questionnaires, processes applications, makes home visits and recommends qualified families to Habitat’s Board of Directors for approval as Homebuyers.
The following is a brief description of what a Family Selection member does:
1. Attend meetings regularly
2. Determine which applicants will become prospective Homebuyers
- Review applications, check references, review credit reports, calculate affordability ratios
3. Conduct home visits with qualified applicants (with another committee member)
- Review presentation worksheets and income-to-expense ratios, explain sweat equity and answer questions
4. Present applications to the committee for a vote of approval or denial
5. Attend ground blessings when able, and present key plaques at house dedications of Homebuyers that they have processed
6. Recruit additional committee members and assist prospective committee members in learning policies and procedures.
7. Time commitment: Thursday of each month (January-November) from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- Demonstrate interest in Habitat for Humanity’s mission
- Compassionate, listening skills, non-judgmental, empathetic
- Willing to be engaged as an active committee member
- Basic computer skills
- An orientation and training session of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville will be given by to all new members by staff and experienced committee members.Ongoing training is part of the application review process at each meeting.