Global Engagement

Every year Twin Cities Habitat “tithes” ten percent of all privately raised undesignated funds to support Habitat’s mission worldwide with a goal of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness. Since Twin Cities Habitat’s inception in 1985 more than $2.4 million has been pledged, making Twin Cities Habitat one of only a handful of affiliates to surpass the $2 million mark.

In 2010, Twin Cities Habitat made a four-year commitment to allocate its tithe to financially support Habitat for Humanity’s work in Costa Rica and Haiti. In 2013, Twin Cities Habitat announced a new partnership with Habitat in Ethiopia. In addition to financial support, Twin Cities Habitat has sent participants to volunteer in tithe partner countries and plans to return to Costa Rica in 2014.  If you would like to be contacted when we start recruiting volunteers for these trips, please email We invite you read below and learn about how Twin Cities Habitat is changing lives in Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Haiti. Watch a short video about our Global Village trips here.

Costa Rica

Though Costa Rica has a fairly stable economy, large government deficits, due to interest payments on exorbitant internal debt, have undermined efforts to maintain the quality of social services. Inflation rates remain at more than 10 percent, while an estimated 35 percent of the population lives in inadequate housing.
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On January 12, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti just 10 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Thousands of buildings and homes were destroyed. Millions of people were affected and more than 1 million people were left displaced or homeless. No one yet knows when Haiti will be ready to take on volunteer groups so there is no plan currently to include this as a tithe partner trip.
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Twin Cities Habitat is excited to introduce Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia as our newest tithe partner! In recent years, nearly 47% of our homebuyers here in the Twin Cities have their roots in Ethiopia, and we are looking forward to furthering this connection and improving housing conditions in that country.
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