Faith & Shelter Summit

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace." Isaiah 52:7

On Tuesday, January 30, more than 60 people attended the inaugural Faith & Shelter Summit presented by Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley at First Presbyterian Church of Hickory. Summit attendees learned about the growing housing crisis in Catawba County and Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to create solutions.

Topics ranged from the traditional Habitat new homeownership program to the affiliate’s new efforts in affordable market rate housing. Additionally, Habitat staff presented information for the need for the Habitat Repairs! program which serves low income, elderly or disabled homeowners throughout Catawba County whose homes need repairs to remain inhabitable.

Reverend Whit Malone of First Presbyterian Church of Hickory discussed his early beginnings of establishing a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky to his current position of serving on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley.

Jenna Ross with Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley presented data on the changing landscape of affordable housing in the community and Habitat’s innovative vision for the future of affordable housing. She also noted housing is more than just houses. “Strong and stable homes build strong and stable families, this in turn builds strong and stable communities,” said Ross.

The Faith and Shelter kicks off the 2018 Apostles’ Build program uniting area congregations with Habitat for Humanity and local citizens in need of housing or repairs. “Church congregants play an integral role in solving the housing crisis that face so many of our neighbors. We felt it was important to explain the housing issues facing local citizens and Habitat’s need to work hand in hand with area churches,” said Mitzi Gellman, Habitat Executive Director.

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is an ecumenical housing ministry dedicated to building simple, decent, and affordable housing for hard-working, low-income families in Catawba County. For more information or to get involved with the Habitat mission, contact 828-328-4663.