Part 2: More About Loveland Habitat for Humanity

Many in our community don’t understand what Habitat for Humanity is really about.   This Faith-based organization is a strong example of Christianity at work, bringing a new sense of hope to many in our community.    A pastor speaking at Kevin’s dedication celebration provided a thoughtful comment worthy of further   consideration and application:   “Christianity is a verb as well as a noun.”

 

Philippians 4:15:   “And my God will meet all our needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

At the Local Level:

 

Loveland Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers work diligently to achieve its mission:  “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Loveland Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”    This Christian organization welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. 

 

This local organization was founded in 1987 by a small group of forward-thinking community and religious leaders.   Through their common interest in making Loveland the best city that it could be, these visionaries recognized a growing need for safe and affordable homes for Loveland's low income families.  Since 1987, this organization has provided over 130 new homes and 28 home renovation projects in Loveland. 

Criteria for participation in the Loveland program:

Residency:  Applicants must live or work in Loveland for one year prior to application.

Housing Need (examples):  Unsafe housing; or rent is more than 40% of income; or receive subsidized housing or Section 8 vouchers.

Willingness to Partner:  Meet deadlines for application process; attend classes once selected; complete “sweat equity” volunteer hours before moving into their homes.

Ability to Pay for the Home:  Meet income range guidelines; currently able to pay bills on time; no bankruptcy in past 2 years, no foreclosures in past 3 years;  no outstanding liens, judgments or collections (non-medical)

Be a US citizen or legal resident

 

At the International Level:

Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent and affordable place to live in dignity and safety.  All across America, individuals and families struggle to find affordable places to live.  Habitat seeks to remedy this injustice by providing families with opportunities to own their own homes and pay for them with an affordable mortgage.

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1 million homes for more than 5 million people around the world.  Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Christian housing ministry committed to giving hardworking, low-income people a hand up, not a hand out.

Funding sources include grants, donations, corporate sponsors, fundraisers, churches and foundations.

 

There are countless ways you can help Loveland Habitat...no experience required!

  • Volunteer on construction sites, at the ReStore, or at the local office.

  • Participate in an annual event:  Faith Build, Women Build, Corporate Build and Builder's Ball.

  • Donate money to Loveland Habitat for Humanity

  • Donate goods to the ReStore

  • Join together with Loveland Habitat for Humanity staff, volunteers, sponsors and other community partners as they serve Habitat homeowners in the Dominican Republic in Spring 2019. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible. Trip dates are April 7th-14th, and cost is $1400/person, $1050 for Thrivent Benefit Members.  If interested, contact Chris Zwakenberg at: chris@lovelandhabitat.org, 970-669-9769.   The digital link for the trip is: is: http://lovelandhabitat.org/events/thrivent-builds-worldwide-dominican-republic-trip.html

 

Please consider whether supporting Habitat Humanity would be a good choice for you.    

Matthew 18:20:   For where two or three are gathered in m name, there am I along them.”

If you wish to get involved in Loveland Habitat for Humanity, or just get more information, please contact:  Chris Zwakenberg, Volunteer and Faith Director.  Chris@lovelandhabit.org.  970-669-9769.

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