By Coralie Gilson
Building a house filled with love and joy.
From October 2nd through November 7th, six churches participated in our Building on Faith, bringing teams which filled the construction site with enthusiasm and eagerness as the volunteers learned how to build a house. Men and women of all ages took up their hammers with gusto, and began the process of home building from the ground up.
So many generous people from the local churches came to this event, and participated in something really worthwhile for their community in God’s name.
The Alliance Church began the Faith Build, with a team of men, and they began the framing of the house on its beautiful site on Hamilton Street, New Smyrna Beach.
Not only did they build, but the churches raised funds to pay for building materials , so that one local family with small children would be able to afford a safe , affordable and decent place to live.
Paul and Jackie Bartholdson, the partner family who will soon call this very blessed house their home, worked alongside each church group. Most of the Alliance group were their friends and relatives, as this is their family church.
The following week, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church continued the framing and did a large amount of work, despite a rainy morning.
A few days later, Coronado United Methodist Church began to build the walls of the house, and then United Church of Christ, and St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopalian teamed up to continue the work, also framing some of the inner walls.
Trinity Lutheran Church kindly provided a huge stock of water and snacks for the builds, also bringing their young confirmation class to paint another Habitat home nearby, which would soon be ready for a family to move in.
So many generous people from the local churches came to this event, and participated in something really worthwhile for their community in God’s name. Retirees who had never used a hammer, power saw or nail gun before found they were much stronger than they thought and went home with a few new skills! Some enjoyed themselves so much they decided to stay on with Habitat as regular volunteers.
When this house is finished, we have over a dozen more to build, and we will need many hands to help us house the many families in our area in need of a decent home. Please join us in our efforts to eliminate sub-standard and over-priced housing in our area.