Habitat for Humanity welcomes all people to build with us in partnership. "The Bible teaches that God is the God of the whole crowd," explains Millard Fuller. God's love leaves nobody out, and my love should not either. This understanding drives 'the theology of the hammer' around the world, steadily building more and more houses in more and more countries."
How Can Your Congregation Help?
- Pray for San Diego Habitat and its work.
- Sponsor a house independently or partner with another congregation and share the responsibility of funding and building.
- Prepare lunches for volunteers and serve them at the San Diego Habitat worksites.
- Organize a work crew to help build houses.
- Help spread the work about San Diego Habitat and its ministry.
- Observe the International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat to bring decent shelter to the minds and hearts of your congregation
- Participate in Building on Faith week in September, where we bring churches together to work on one house for one week.
- Invite SDHFH to your Alternative Gift Fair during the Christmas season.
- Donate new Bibles for our House Blessing ceremonies.
- Conduct a fundraising event in support of SDHFH
- Donate building materials to the Habitat ReStore
How partnering with San Diego Habitat for Humanity can benefit your congregation:
Multiple lanes coming back to the church
During the last four years, we have built five houses, led the community in fund-raising for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and added a $2 million addition to our church building. I can trace all that activity back to our first Habitat house in 2000. You don’t do outreach as an investment, but it just works out that way. A Habitat partnership is definitely a two way street, but there are multiple lanes coming back into church life. Habitat has inspired us to think thoughts that are worthy of God, to think about things that are greater than us and to think about things that demand faith.
The Reverend Pat Driskell
Pastor of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
A sign of a healthy congregation
The doing of faith is critical. That is why we are involved with Habitat and why we will continue to be involved. People who get involved are often the people who are looking for something in a church. Habitat has been a launching pad for other kinds of service projects. Habitat helps novices find ways of doing good. One of the signs of a healthy congregation is that members can look beyond themselves and look toward others. I think Habitat provides an excellent way to do that.
Bishop Gary Hansen
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Working together to make something happen
Building a Habitat house is about being connectional. It is about 70- and 80-year-old women making lunches. And it is about 13- and 14-year-olds offering sitting services for young families who are working on the site. It is the wonderful connectional experience of knowing that we are capable of working together to make something happen. It also provides us with a sense of missional identity. Building this house has allowed us to be a proactive player in God’s justice raining down in this community in the form of affordable housing.
The Reverend Greg Cruice
New Covenant Presbyterian Church
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