"Every House We Build is a Sermon of God's Love"
- Habitat for Humanity International
In the Gospel of John, Jesus delivers the love commandment, saying “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another.” As an ecumenical Christian housing organization, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley takes this as our invitation to practice a love that does justice for God’s people. We put our faith into action through the concrete pursuit of affordable housing.
Right now, the Department of Housing and Urban Development defines affordable housing as costing no more than 30% of a household’s annual income. According to HUD, there is currently no county in the US where a worker making full time minimum wage can afford the fair market value of rent on a 2-bedroom apartment. There is also no county in the US where the need for affordable housing is being met.
Therefore, this is the work of the moment. And we could not do it without the support of the local faith community. Churches serve Habitat through gifts of prayer, time, talent, and treasure. Not only do church volunteers fill our worksite, they also help spread our word; when volunteers come out to site, they give of their time, but they also give of their selves. When they return home to their families, congregations, and communities they become mission champions who multiply our message of universal shelter. Therefore, we are privileged to partner with churches throughout Catawba County as we work to transform affordable housing in our community and our world.
There are four main ways in which churches serve with Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley: