Building on Faith 2015

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.

Members of the Alliance Church begin to build the new home on Hamilton St. Up goes the first wall!

Members of the Alliance Church begin to build the new home on Hamilton St. Up goes the first wall!

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.

 Paul Bartholdson works on the walls of his future home with members of Coronado Church.

Paul Bartholdson works on the walls of his future home with members of Coronado 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.

Our Lady Star of the Sea continues the framing. It’s starting to look like a house.

Our Lady Star of the Sea continues the framing. It’s starting to look like a house.

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.

 Ladies of Coronado United Methodist take the measurements of the walls.

Ladies of Coronado United Methodist take the measurements of the walls.

St. Peter the Fishermen team members receive instruction from our expert volunteers.

St. Peter the Fishermen team members receive instruction from our expert volunteers.

United Church of Christ and St. Peter the Fisherman churches team up to raise the inside walls of the house.

United Church of Christ and St. Peter the Fisherman churches team up to raise the inside walls of the house.

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.