Pope Francis Challenge

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East has begun construction on a home in honor of Pope Francis. Located in southwest Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood, the Pope Francis home is sponsored by an anonymous donor who pledged $50,000, and challenges members of the community to raise the additional funds needed to completely underwrite the cost of land and construction.

The donor is inspired by the Pope’s dedication to economic justice, equality and peace, and hopes to inspire others by inviting volunteers from local Catholic churches and schools to participate in the construction of the home from start to finish, as well as raise additional funds needed to build the home.

The donor stated the purpose of this house is:

  • To honor Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice & reinvigorating the Catholic Church
  • To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work towards a common goal (as Pope Francis says, “Work confers dignity”)
  • And to further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes.

The home will be built in partnership with the Hussein/Dawood family, and sold with a 0%-interest mortgage.

“We are so thankful for the Habitat program and this anonymous donation,” said Abdulnaser. “Owning a home will help my children succeed in their future.”

Habitat hopes to complete the challenge and raise the final amount needed to finish the Hussein/Dawood home by the end of the year.

“We are very grateful for this sponsorship in honor of Pope Francis,” said Steve Messinetti, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East.  “We are excited to mobilize our community to volunteer and raise the additional funds needed to meet this challenge.”

Make a donation towards the Pope Francis Challenge now!

Make a donation towards the Pope Francis Challenge now!