Founded in 1994, Habitat for Humanity of Visalia started as a volunteer organization focused on the vision that everyone will have a decent and affordable place to live. The founding board members set out to build their first Habitat home in Visalia and did most of the building, fundraising, and daily business for the affiliate. The first home was completed in December of 1995.
Starting in the summer of 2003, Habitat increased its service area to include all of Tulare County, changing its name to “Habitat for Humanity of Tulare County”.
The First ReStore, building materials thrift store, opened in 2004 in Visalia. It takes in donations of usable building materials and supplies, and sell them to the general public to help fund Habitat’s mission.
Habitat purchased a 11,000 sq feet of warehouse space at 637 S Lovers Lane in 2011, with the vision that the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore could become a sustainable source of income for the affiliate and its building programs. Since it’s opening on Lovers Lane, the store has seen a steady increase in donations and customers.
With the growing need to serve more people in the community, the Board of Directors voted to go through the necessary steps to add Kings County to the affiliate’s service area. In April of 2016, we officially became Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties.
A second ReStore was opened in the summer of 2018 at 415 W Lacey Blvd., Hanford to serve Kings County and help raise funds for home-ownership and home repair projects.
We continue to work with hard-working local families to help provide first-time homeownership opportunities, and give them the chance to build strength, stability and self-reliance. Offering a hand-up, not a hand-out, provides life-long change for their family and the entire community.