Partner Family Mentors
Partner Family Mentors partner with Habitat families as they transition to their new role as a homeowner. Mentors work directly with one family during the homeownership process (usually 12-18 months).
For any of us, moving into a new home can be filled with anxiety. Even simple things like meeting the next-door neighbors can be unnerving, even more so signing a mortgage and receiving the keys to a new home.
A mentor’s task is to help make the entire homeownership process (sweat equity, construction, closing, assumption of responsibilities) one that builds the confidence of the partner family.
Your role as a mentor is not to be the enforcer of the Habitat policies, but rather to establish a close working friendship with the family and to be sensitive to their needs.
A balance between giving needed assistance and establishing independence is a primary goal of the mentor with the family.
What are the qualities of a good mentor?
- A good listener and relationship builder
- Sensitive to and experience with other issues that may result from living with a limited income (such as lack of education, low self-esteem, anxiety, frustration)
- Willingness and flexibility
What are my responsibilities as a mentor?
- Attend a Mentor orientation class
- Meet at least monthly with your family (can be at the Habitat office or another location)
- Build a rapport with the family you have been assigned
- Serve as a liaison between the family and the Habitat office to ensure the family understands the requirements of becoming a Habitat homeowner with regards to the following:
- Sweat Equity
- Down payment requirements
- Education Classes
- Help the family identify any special needs they may have (i.e. Are they able to read? Do they need literacy education? Child care issues? Transportation to be able to go to the home site to perform sweat equity hours? Budget issues?)
- Guide the family to explore ways to address needs.
- Encourage the family to reach out to appropriate community resources.
- Help the family establish a plan to complete the number of sweat equity hours required and down payment required.
- Encourage the family to attend the mandatory all-day education sessions. These sessions are mandatory for home ownership and must be completed before a family can move into their home.
- Attend the walk-through, mortgage closing and dedication.
Who do I contact to become a Partner Family Mentor?
If you are interested in volunteering as a Partner Family Mentor, click the Volunteer button above and a volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you soon. If you have any additional questions, contact us at email@example.com.