Southeast Valley Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity
The SE Valley Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity is a group of Southeast Valley churches that join together to sponsor the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity home each year.

Building Homes
Build of the Coalition's 21st home begins September 23 and will take place on Saturdays through February 24, excluding the following Saturdays: 11/4/17, 11/25/17 (Thanksgiving), 12/16/17, 12/23/17 (Christmas), and 12/30/17 (New Years). Most days start at 6:30am. The building site is at 1937 E. Don Carlos, Tempe 85281.

Individuals interested in building can simply show up. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer for construction and must be at least 18 to use power tools or be on the roof. Experience is not required but always welcome.

What to Wear 
  • CLOSED-TOE and shoes with backs. Work boots are preferred but thick soled tennis shoes will be allowed. Please make sure that tennis shoes have a solid grip on the sole.
  • Please wear “work clothes” or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. (no tank-tops or “short” shorts)

What to Bring 
  • Water Bottle (water to fill your bottle with will be available)
  • Sun Block
  • Tools: Habitat provides all hand tools, power tools, aprons, and supplies. There is no need to bring anything unless you rather use your own tools and tool belt. Do not bring power tools.

Providing Lunches
In addition to volunteers for building, we need individuals/groups willing to provide lunch on Desert Cross’ assigned days. Those days are: October 14, November 18, January 13, and February 10. If you are interested in providing lunch, please contact us and help us plan ahead.

Supporting the SE Valley Lutheran Coalition
The Coalition raises sponsorship funds through a Golf Tournament, “In-Kind” donations of material and labor by material suppliers and contractors and individual contributions. Our single largest funding source is contributions from individuals utilizing the Arizona State Tax law which allows a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions for the working poor. 

Tax Credit Donation Information
***This information is from last year. Please check back for 2018 information.***
For more than 19 years, Desert Cross Lutheran Church and the SE Valley Coalition have supported Habitat for Humanity's mission to build, renovate and repair affordable homes for families of modest means right here in metro Phoenix. Our coalition must raise $95,000 each year to build a house. The majority of our funding to continue this mission comes from donations from our mission supporter. Many of these supporters utilize the State Tax Credit available for contributions to Qualifying Charitable Organizations (Formerly Credit for the Working Poor).

Thanks to the Arizona charitable tax credit law, contributions earn a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to $800 on a joint return and $400 on a single return on your Arizona income tax return. THIS IS DOUBLE THE MAXIMUM CREDIT OF $400 AND $200 LAST YEAR. Itemizing on your State Tax Return is not required to claim the tax credit.

The deadline to make a contribution is April 15, 2017; however, we encourage you to donate this calendar year. If you itemize and donate this year, you can also take a federal tax deduction in 2016. If you donate next year, your federal deduction would be in 2017.

Also remember that all of your tax credit donations can only be claimed this year if they are equal to or less than your AZ tax liability, the excess would be carried over as a credit for next year.

Contributors will receive a formal thank you letter from Habitat for Humanity, which serves as a donation receipt for tax purposes. The tax credit program works just like the school donation programs and you can do both!

Make your check payable to Habitat for Humanity and mail it to the church, leave it at the church office or place it in the offering plate. Thank you for your support.

If you have questions about how to provide lunch, volunteer, or donate, please contact Vern Lenox. 
For more information about Habitat for Humanity visit