The spark of Habitat came to Rowan County in 1986 when Tom Hall of Habitat International spoke to a large, broadly ecumenical, racially and ethnically diverse group of about 80 individuals at First Baptist Church in Salisbury. Unfocused interest continued until November 1988 when Rev. Boyd Coursey of Rowan Helping Ministries called together persons interested in forming a Habitat affiliate.
At a meeting at First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury a steering committee was formed and, shortly thereafter, a 30-member interim Board of Directors was formed under the direction of Mrs. Peaches Rickard. This group began meeting regularly, raised funds, and initiated the formal affiliation process. By-laws were written and adopted. Articles of incorporation were approved by the State of North Carolina. In January 1990 a formal, rotating 15 member Board of Directors was elected and officers were chosen. Committees were formed and put into action.
In response to the Board Approved application submitted to Habitat International, Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County was officially granted affiliate status on July 2nd, 1990. The City of Salisbury donated two building lots to help construction get a start and ground was broken on Habitat’s first home on March 2nd, 1991.
Today Habitat continues a tradition of excellence built upon the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and those who seek to serve Him.