Habitat for Humanity is an affordable homeownership program that serves families and individuals earning 30-80% of the median family income. Cost burden and overcrowding are the most serious problems experienced by very low-income area Southern California residents. Working with volunteers, families and individuals, corporations, congregations and donors, Habitat is dedicated to making homeownership possible for low-income, hardworking families and individuals.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2017
by Jill Obery Dodd
Good things are happening with our Coalition progress! We are nearing our fundraising goal with over $130,000 turned in to Habitat from all church partners. Remaining to raise is a little under $17,000. This is exciting news and we thank everyone who has been a part of getting the project to this point. As we close the fundraising gap, we’ll begin to talk more about volunteer build opportunities at our monthly meetings. Additionally, the Habitat Homeowner meetings in January were well attended garnering many applications. Finally, look for the special Habitat for Humanity LA Lenten Devotional Calendar which you can pick up at the Sunday Welcome Table, and the Hospitality Table. This is a great way to combine support for Habitat Culver City with your Lenten spiritual practice.
First UMC is excited to join in a coalition of Methodist Westside churches, to fund and build a home in Culver City for a family in need. The coalition’s fundraising goal is $150,000 for all churches combined, with $113,000 already raised (as of December 6.) Once the money has been raised, building will begin and will be staffed by volunteers from the coalition churches.
While we build and repair homes nationally and internationally through our Haiti and Youth Service Project efforts, Habitat for Humanity gives us a chance to do something in our own backyard. Habitat is also an opportunity to share the good news with a friend who may feel uncomfortable coming to a traditional church event or worship gathering. Also, Habitat homes are well constructed and give us a tangible way to be of service.
Donate to the First UMC Habitat for Humanity effort HERE (select Habitat for Humanity from the dropdown menu),
or you may bring a check to the church office or during worship with Habitat for Humanity written in the memo line.
- Rev. Robert English discusses Habitat for Humanity on the radio show “Spotlight on Community,” hosted by Terri-Rae Elmer. Listen to the show here.