Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area
Photo right: At the dedication, new homeowner Maricha Roberts and her daughter thanked the many volunteers and donors of Methodist Build who made home ownership a dream come true -- and an answer to prayer for her family.
Photo below, right: Earnest Hart presents Maricha Roberts with a Bible for her new home during the dedication.
For more than 20 years,several Methodist churches in the metro Jackson area have collaborated with Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area (HFHMCA) to build or rehab a house for a local family in need of better housing. The churches refer with pride to this collaboration as the Methodist Build.
Their involvement includes the donating of the funds for construction, and providing volunteers for the building of a new home or the rehabbing of a property donated to HFHMCA.
Recently volunteers from the Methodist Build partner churches helped to dedicate the most recent Methodist Build -- the rehab of a house in south Jackson donated to HFHMCA by Bankof America. The Methodist Build Partners participating in this build included:
"Anderson United Methodist Church has supported Habitat financially and with volunteers for the past several years," said Earnest Hart, chairman of the Anderson United Methodist Church Habitat Ministry and Habitat board member. "There is nothing more gratifying than to arrive on a work site to see just the foundation and by the end of the day, walls are standing."
The personal connections between homeowners and the church partners are also gratifying. "One of the joys of Methodist Build over the years has been getting to know the family, working with the homeowner and meeting the children," said Beverly Luehlfing, a longtime volunteer from Christ United Methodist Church. "I love when it comes time for the dedication because you can see how happy the family is to have a home."
The Methodist Build partner churches are now beginning plans for future Methodist Builds, hoping to expand the partnership to include more Methodist churches in the Mississippi Capital Area. For more information on how to become a donor, volunteer or partner in future Methodist Builds, please contact Merrill McKewen, Resource Development director, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area at 601.353.6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.