GREENSBORO HOUSES OF WORSHIP COME TOGETHER FOR “BUILDING ON FAITH” HABITAT GREENSBORO HOUSE
GREENSBORO, N.C. – – At a time when the country needs to come together perhaps more than ever, houses of worship throughout Greensboro and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro are joining forces this fall to unite the community and build a new home for a deserving family. Construction on Habitat Greensboro’s fifth “Building on Faith” house is underway, Habitat Greensboro announced today.
Photo Caption: Colette Gibson of First Lutheran Church, left, and High Point University Student Leadership and Success Coordinator Dr. Akir Khan sign the frame of the “Building on Faith” house with a message of hope and congratulations to the family that will soon call it home. Signing the frame is a Habitat kickoff day tradition for volunteers helping build the house on the first day of construction. (Photo Courtesy: Habitat Greensboro)
The horrific shooting during Saturday morning Sabbath services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue reinforces how vital it is that members of all religions join together in cooperation and understanding. With that goal in mind, Habitat’s newest build brings together Christians, Jews and Muslims through their respective houses of worship to share in the experience of funding and building a home a deserving Habitat family will purchase sometime late this winter.
Participating in “Building on Faith” this year, in alphabetical order, are: American Muslim Community, Calvary Christian Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Lutheran Church, Glenwood Presbyterian Church, Guilford College United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Providence Baptist Church, St. Benedicts Catholic Church, St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Starmount Presbyterian Church, Summit Church, Temple Emanuel and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
“Muslims, Jews, and Christians have come together with our interfaith brothers and sisters to join Habitat for Humanity to make a transformational difference in our community,” High Point University Student Leadership and Success Coordinator Dr. Akir Khan said. “Even though we call God by different names, we are all working together as one Abrahamic family as we positively impact the lives of others as they pursue the American dream.”
“Jewish people have always made our homes the dwelling place of the Jewish spirit,” Temple Emanuel Rabbi Fred Guttman said. “Our tables have been altars of faith and love. It is written: ‘When words of Torah pass between us, the divine Presence is in our midst.’ Our doors are always open to the stranger and the needy. May this home we now consecrate keep alive the beauty of our heritage.”
“On October 20, Habitat raised the walls on our fifth ‘Building on Faith’ house,” Habitat Greensboro CEO Rev. Dr. Maria Hanlin said. “We are honored that it is truly an interfaith build with Temple Emanuel, American Muslim Community and 17 Christian congregations working side-by-side. When Jews, Muslims and Christians work together in the name of our one God, God is honored, and our community is stronger. How life changing this house will be for the family and how transformational for our community. Relationships are built across our differences as we celebrate how every person is made in the image of God.”
Volunteers representing all of these houses of worship will work together on work days now through February to build a home and community simultaneously. Working alongside them will be the future homeowners, Isameldin & Howaida** who, as part of their commitment to Habitat for Humanity, must invest at least 250 hours of “sweat equity” in the building process.
** For security reasons, Habitat Greensboro does not provide the last names of its homeowners.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro:
Founded in 1987 by four Christians in response to their Habitat experience in Peru, Habitat Greensboro, with the help of some 5,900 volunteers and 30 staff, renovates and repairs some 20 homes each year. Since its inception, Habitat of Greater Greensboro has completed more than 478 homes in Greensboro as well as 436 in the countries of Honduras and Jordan. Habitat for Humanity partners with families that have steady employment for one year, participate in a thorough credit analysis, attend educational classes on budgeting and home repair and contribute 250 hours of sweat equity. Homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat at no-profit and with affordable financing. Habitat then serves as the mortgage lender providing life-of-the-loan zero percent financing and loan servicing. For more information, please visit www.habitatgreensboro.org. Connect with Habitat of Greater Greensboro through social media: follow on Twitter: @HabitatGSO and Instagram: @Habitat_GSO and like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/habitatgreensboro.
About Habitat for Humanity:
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org