Saturday, May 23, 2020

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY –     We are building one of thirty new Habitat homes planned for an area near Buckeye and 12th Avenue (1243 S. 12th Ave.). The homeowner-to-be, Gladys Scott is there, working with us every Saturday, and we hope that you will join us for at least one of the nine Saturdays remaining to finish this home. Tentative schedules, Volunteer information sheets, and waivers have been placed on the Habitat kiosks. If our plans stay firm, we will dedicate this home on April 18th.  We still need a few volunteers to provide lunches to the workers, so please let me know if you can help with that. I will post updates in the Sunday bulletins. LOVE OF CHRIST is one of eight Lutheran congregations that belong to a coalition called LUTHERANS BUILDING FOR CHRIST that help share the cost and volunteer workers for this wonderful ministry in our local area.

PHOTO: Love of Christ members Jack and JoAnn Grant hosted lunch on February 15th! Thank you!

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, faith-based organization with the goal of eliminating sub-standard housing throughout the world. With partners like us, they facilitate the construction of simple, decent, affordable homes to families in need. The families with which we partner are selected without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion. The families must be United States citizens or on permanent residency status, demonstrate a need for adequate housing, have a two-year history of stable income between 30 and 65 percent of the median income, have a good credit history, complete 100 hours of “sweat equity” on a fellow Habitat owner’s house, and an additional 300 hours on their own home before taking occupancy, and complete classes on home maintenance, financing, and home ownership. The homes are NOT given to the homeowners. At the time of the home completion and dedication, the homeowners make their first payment on a profit-free mortgage, and the average payment is about 25% of their income, which includes the principal, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and a maintenance account. These funds are then used by Habitat to build even more homes. The results are incredible – families living in sub-standard housing and caught up in a cycle of poverty become home-owners, tax-payers, and contributors to the well-being of their neighborhoods!

For additional information on the Christian principles that guide Habitat for Humanity, please pick up one of the tri-fold brochures, visit www.habitatcaz.org or call Clark Wirthlin at 480-985-8757.