EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
GOD'S WORK, OUR HANDS.
Grace in the City Water Project
Habitat for Humanity
Love of Christ as a member congregation of the Grand Canyon Synod shares in the support of a variety of ministries serving Arizona and Southern Nevada. We support three campus ministries at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona. We support two ministries serving the large Native American population in Arizona through House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Rock Point, AZ, and Native American Urban Ministry at Grace Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ. We support six different Latino ministries with the closest being First/La Primera Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ. We partner with an emerging ministry to Young Adults in the SE Valley, a new ministry with Sudanese residents at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Glendale, AZ, and are a mission partner with Crossroads Lutheran Church, San Tan Valley, AZ.
Thank you to all of our leaders of projects (Connie Erickson, Nicole Cumberledge, Renee Bennett, Jacquie Gallo), our amazing kitchen crew (Jacquie & Katie Gallo, Connie Erickson), that prepared breakfast for all of us, to the almost 50 volunteers who took time on their Saturday to bless the community, as well as to Thrivent for funding many of the projects through the generosity and time of those Thrivent members in our congregation who were willing to apply to help us with those benefits (Rick & Barbara Otto, Pastor Steve and Barb Talmage, Rick Aussprung, and Nanette Christofferson)!!
We had a great day on these projects:
Wilson Elementary School – cleaning and sanitizing classrooms – desks, chairs, counters, lunchroom tables, cleaning all of the windows, cleaning up the playground equipment, organizing and donating sand toys, re-painting lines on the playground and around the campus to beautify this school that serves some of the lower-income families in our community.
House of Refuge – painted the exterior of a home that serves a formerly homeless family who is working on getting back on their feet through this wonderful program.
Sack Lunches for the Men’s Shelter – A New Leaf – almost 100 sack lunches were prepared to sustain these men as they are out during the day seeking work.
Blessing Bags prepared to be distributed to any of those souls we see along the roadside seeking assistance.
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, 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.
June 19 - july 30, 2020
Bring Your Cases of Water for our “Grace in the City” Heat Respite Project on Sunday morning! Leave your water by your car and we’ll do the rest!
While the “heat is on”, donations of deodorant, sunblock, wipes, sun glasses, caps, and water, will be much appreciated by the homeless ladies in the I-HELP program. The women are sheltered at night, but are out in the elements during the day. Also, tuna and chicken snack kits for the lunch sacks will be welcome. During the hot season the kits are the primary protein lunch items given. Your support is so appreciated.