Habitat for Humanity

For more information on volunteering or otherwise supporting Paterson Habitat, please contact Rich Edelman at [email protected] or (973) 427-7647.

For more than 30 years Paterson Habitat for Humanity has built energy efficienct, affordable homes and sold them to qualified low-income first-time homebuyers.  Homes are built with the “sweat equity” of the incoming homeowners and the labor of thousands of volunteers who work alongside professional construction staff.  Together with its donors and volunteers, Paterson Habitat for Humanity has built over 300 homes in the City of Paterson.  In the process they have transformed lives and revitalized neighborhoods.

Barnert Temple's Relationship with Paterson Habitat for HumanityPaterson Habitat for Humanity

Barnert Temple's rich history started in Paterson, NJ - the original home of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (commonly referred to as Barnert Temple). Our connection to these roots is strong. Even though our congregation is no longer located in Paterson, our commitment to give back to this area continues. Partnering with Paterson Habitat for Humanity is one way we can support the residents of Paterson in a meaningful way.

Paterson Habitat for Humanity creates homeownership opportunities for families with limited income. We are committed to building decent, safe affordable housing that is energy efficient, environmentally responsible and economical to maintain. Join us as we continue to revitalize neighborhoods by building hope with homes.

Opportunities to Volunteer


Build sites are opened to volunteers Tuesday-Saturday throughout the year. No special skills are required. Construction volunteers must be 16 years of age to be present on an active build site. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Ashley Biggs at [email protected], 973-595-6868 ext 107


The Paterson Habitat ReStore located in Wayne is a retail thrift store that accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, appliances and building materials from contractors, manufacturers, stores, and individuals. These items are then sold to the public for up to 80% off original retail value.logo_-_habitat_for_humanity_restore.png

From customer service to furniture repair, the ReStore offers volunteer opportunities geared toward individual interests and skills. By giving your time, you can help the Paterson Habitat ReStore do more to support local building projects for those in our community. To volunteer at the ReStore or donate household goods, visit habitatrestorewayne.org for more information.

Office Support

Paterson Habitat is continuously seeking volunteers to provide administrative support at it's operational office. Various volunteer service opportunities become available on an as-need basis, to serve within departments such as Family Services, Resource Development, and administrative office support.  To help, fill out the "Get Connected" form at www.patersonhabitat.org/get-connected.

Event Support

Paterson Habitat hosts various outreach and support programs throughout the year: Hammering 4 Habitat, Home Dedications and Annual Dinners.  We always appreciate an extra hand with set-up, registration, and event wrap-up!  To help, fill out the "Get Connected" form at www.patersonhabitat.org/get-connected.

Travel with a purpose (TWAP)

TWAP is your gateway to serving with Habitat for Humanity around the world as well as in the United States. Join a trip and take your next step to making the world a better place. Paterson Habitat will provide you with a meaningful construction project, like-minded teammates, access to the local culture and excellent support.  E-mail [email protected] if you are interested in more information or contact Rich Edelman at [email protected].