EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
GOD'S WORK, OUR HANDS. 2021
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.
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
I-HELP is in need of volunteers. The 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month we host around 25 homeless ladies by serving them dinner and giving them a place to sleep That means we need volunteers to get the tables covered and ready for dinner, and take care of any clothing or personal hygiene items that have been donated. We serve them dinner and then are free to go because the ladies do all the cleaning up. The process takes about 2 ½ hours of your time. We ask that you be there at 4:00 and the ladies start arriving at 5:00. Hopefully we will get enough volunteers so a person has to work only one Friday a month. Saturday morning, they are given a sack lunch to take with them. We also are in need of Laundry Angels who pick up the sheets and towels Saturday morning, wash them, then return them to the pink I-HELP bins in the Narthex of both church buildings by Tuesday morning. Volunteer positions are very rewarding because the ladies tell us how much they appreciate all that we do. We have been told this is their favorite church because they are treated so well. Questions? Carol Moseley, 480-236-1187, Rhonda Vaglio, 509-741-7115.
Your continued support of the I-HELP program is greatly appreciated.
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