Wardell Newby drives nails into a wall that will one day make up his house at a Habitat for Humanity build About Us

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.


Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg partners with area families, local government, businesses, faith groups, schools, associations and individual volunteers and donors to build and renovate affordable homes for sale to qualifying families.

An ecumenical group of individuals formed this local affiliate in 1985. We started our first home in 1986 and, since then, our affiliate has built and renovated over 200 houses in our local community!

Who We Serve

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg serves Virginia families with low and moderate incomes in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, plus the counties of Charles City, James City, New Kent and York.

All Are Welcome

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg 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.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 5,000,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 29 million people worldwide.


Stephen Abbitt, President
Abbitt Realty & Abbitt Management

Keith D. Vander Vennet, President-Elect

Alan T. Dawkin, Secretary
Lions Bridge Financial Advisors

Lindsey Carney Smith, Of Counsel
Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

Bobby Norris, Jr., Immediate Past President
Walmart Distribution

Dwayne Blake
Huntington Ingalls Industries

Randy Bryant
Wolftrap Properties of Yorktown

Brian Fields
Newport News Shipbuilding

Wade Garnett
Garnett Construction

Rob Goetz
Retired, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Cynthia Hall
Walmart/Home At Last Living

Seletia (CeCe) Hamiel
Wells Fargo

David L. Hancock 
Morgan James Publishing

Philip Jones
Bain & Company

Melissa C. Kennedy
Newport News Shipbuilding

Brandon Knight
WM Jordan

Curtis Lassiter, Jr.
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Valarie Miller, Treasurer
Liz Moore & Associates

Marcia S. “Cia” Price
VA House of Delegates

Sherry L. Thacker
Old Point National Bank

Charlene Kruger Yackanich
Abbitt Realty


The Advisory Council is comprised of leaders in the community who also have a commitment to Habitat for Humanity. The combination of understanding and community credibility allows the Advisory Council to serve as valuable consultants and advisors to the affiliate. The Advisory Council communicates the mission and goals to the general public and provides responses and insight to Habitat for Humanity Peninsula & Greater Williamsburg.

Robert T. Criner,
Immediate Past Chair

Phyllis Henderson

​Kathy Hornsby

Paul Marcus

Starr Mayer

C. Mike Petters ​

Alexis Swann

Tina Vick

Joe Witt, Chair


Want to invest in the community?


We help as many families as we can, but the lack of decent and affordable housing remains a critical problem in our area. By donating, you will provide upfront funding for building materials and services that makes interest-free loans to Habitat partner families possible. Habitat partner families help to build their own homes - alongside volunteers - and pay an affordable mortgage. Your monetary donations enable us to continue building strength, stability and independence for future local families.