Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground bridging theological differences by putting love into action. Habitat founder Millard Fuller called this concept “The Theology of the Hammer,” explaining that even though we may disagree on all sorts of things we can all agree on the idea of building homes to eliminate poverty housing and helping those in need. Habitat for Humanity welcomes all people of all faiths to join hands with one another and help build simple, affordable homes for families in need. Help bring hope by transforming lives.
Habitat for Humanity’s relationship with Thrivent Financial brings the monetary, volunteer and advocacy resources of the Lutheran community together with the affordable housing leadership of hundreds of local Habitat affiliates. Nationally, more than 480,000 Lutheran volunteers have donated more than three million hours to construct 1,600 homes, including six homes in the Portland Metro area.
Pope Francis Challenge
An anonymous donor gave $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East to build a home in honor of Pope Francis. His challenge to Portland: raise the additional funds needed to complete the home, and mobilize students from Catholic schools to volunteer and help build it!
Pope Francis’ commitment to social justice has reinvigorated the Catholic Church. This challenge from the anonymous donor is a special opportunity for both the Catholic and non-catholic communities to build a home for a local family in need, while honoring Pope Francis’ belief that “Work Confers Dignity.”
United Methodist Build
The United Methodist congregations of the Columbia District (formerly the Metro District) joined forces with Habitat to help make a permanent difference in the lives of families in need of decent shelter. In spring of 2013, United Methodist volunteers from churches throughout the district donned tool belts and hardhats, and sponsored and built a home alongside the Nussif family in southeast Portland.