Habitat for Humanity Partners with Presbyterian Congregations to Build Affordable Housing

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By Stephanie Novacek

Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization, dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing homes, by advocating for fair and just housing policies, and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. The homes are built affordably because of the volunteer labor that is used. Homes are sold to partner families for the construction costs of the home. Mortgage payments are made to a no-interest mortgage loan with Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity and are recycled to provide funding for future Habitat homes. Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity offers dignity and hope to families by working collaboratively to provide simple, decent, and affordable homes.

Habitat homes open the door to increased self-esteem and self-reliance. Habitat believes that freeing families from the unending struggles that accompany inadequate shelter allows them to devote more attention to job opportunities, education, and health. As the crushing cycle of poverty is broken, their children benefit, their neighborhoods change for the better, and entire communities improve.

Partnership is the key to Habitat’s work. The board of directors, staff, donors, volunteers, and homeowner families work toward the same goal: a safe, affordable home. Habitat worksites are a place to build relationships as well as houses.

We are thankful to have begun a partnership with Presbyterian congregations in our community and surrounding communities. This partnership has established a goal of building a Habitat home in Lancaster County in 2015. Habitat homes are simple, decent, and affordable with around one thousand square feet and no garage unless required by neighborhood covenants. A Habitat home costs about $75,000 and takes approximately two thousand volunteer hours to build. The goal of the Presby-Build is to support the entire project with funding and volunteers.

One exciting upcoming fundraiser is the “Sing from the Heart” Dessert Concert as part of the Arts for the Soul Music and Fine Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church. The concert will be Sunday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 840 South 17th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. The concert will be centered on the themes of “home” and “homeland” and will feature the First Presbyterian Choir with guest soloists Malley Keelan, tenor, and Daniel Martinez, guitar. Tickets are required and include fabulous desserts. A freewill donation for Habitat will be taken. For tickets call (402) 477-6037 or go to www.fpclincoln.org.

Funds from this concert will go towards the Presby-Build. You can check out www.lincolnhabitat.org/presby-build to see more Presby-Build events.

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