Our Story

About Macon/Jackson NC Habitat for Humanity

Macon/Jackson NC Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1993. In 2012 Macon and Jackson County Habitat for Humanity Affiliates merged to create the Macon/Jackson NC Habitat for Humanity Affiliate to better serve families in our region.

Our combined Affiliate headquarters is located in Franklin, NC while we have maintained our two Restore locations, one in Franklin and one in Sylva.

A combination of 27 new homes have been constructed and numerous Repair projects have provided stability and self-reliance to enable families to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities, and have greater financial stability.

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Principles

  1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
  2. Focus on Shelter.
  3. Advocate for affordable housing.
  4. Promote dignity and hope.
  5. Support sustainable and transformative development.

Our Team

Administrative Staff
Executive Director:
Rick Westerman

Office Administrator:
Ester Pegg

Restore Staff
Restore Director:
Debby Westerman

Franklin Restore:
Alana Seeley, Lead Supervisor

Sylva Restore:
Lexie Vaughn, Lead Supervisor

Construction Staff:
Outreach Director, Macon & Jackson Counties:
John Wert

Board of Directors

Macon/Jackson NC Habitat for Humanity is led by a Board of Directors that sets policy for the organization and leads fundraising efforts. Board members are elected to three-year terms, and all board members are volunteers.

Laurel Klonkowski

Vice President:
Mike Vincent
Harry Pegg
George Young


Patricia Cabe – Doug Houston – Patrick Kessler – Henry Fichner – Michael Young


John Wert

Non-proselytizing policy

Macon/Jackson NC Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.