Building on Faith

Partnering with Communities of Faith

The Theology of the Hammer, developed by Habitat founder Millard Fuller, is the understanding that our Christian faith mandates we do more than just talk about faith; we must put faith and love into action.

At Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, we call that action Building on Faith and celebrate this partnership with a season of building each year. We invite churches of all denominations to join us in practicing the Theology of the Hammer – by volunteering, pledging support, and/or participating in Wall of Hope.

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Building on Faith House

Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity designates one home each year as the Building on Faith house. Groups from all faith backgrounds build side by side across 3-4 months, working to complete the home.

Wall of Hope

The first wall raised in every Building on Faith home is the Wall of Hope. The Wall of Hope is long-standing Habitat for Humanity tradition that involves writing well wishes and blessings on the 2×6 studs that frame a home. Churches and organizations that contribute an annual gift $750 or more will receive a 2×6 wall of hope stud for members to write messages and/or prayers.

2018 | Thrivent Builds

We are excited to partner with Thrivent for the 2018 Building on Faith home, which kicked off with a ground blessing and site clearing on Friday, March 16 in Tillicum. The home is scheduled for completion before the end of 2018. Meet the 2018 Thrivent Builds/Building on Faith homeowners.

Click here for an up-to-date list of Thrivent / Building on Faith activities and sign up to join us!


Building on Faith History

Read about past Building on Faith seasons on our blog:


Why I Build

"Our Lord came to serve and not to be served. Working with Habitat for Humanity through Building on Faith is one way we walk in the way of our Lord, seeking Him and serving one another. "

Jim Goertz

volunteer, University Place Presbyterian Church