This Week at St. Stephen’s– April 1, 2012

HABITATE FOR HUMANITY

This month we renew our association with Habitat for Humanity, our Pink Envelope designation for April. This is a happy relationship and a natural extension of our work with the homeless through Inn From the Cold.

Habitat for Humanity (or H4H) began in 1976 as an outgrowth of the social ministries of Koinonia, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. The dream was “a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live”; its mission, “to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.”

In 1985 H4H received an enormous boost when former US President Jimmy Carter joined its ranks, raising the international profile of the organization and its work. The movement spread to Canada the same year and now has sixty-nine affiliates across the country. Worldwide, H4H has built or repaired over 500,000 homes, providing shelter for more than 2 million people.

At the core of its work is cooperative affordable house-building. Many volunteers are attracted to building projects where they get to work side by side, wielding hammer and saw, with those who will actually live in the houses. Ian Moore, our parish H4H liaison, reports that upcoming projects here in Calgary may present such opportunities to our own church members.

To learn more about this visionary organization, visit their web site (www.habitat.ca) or speak with Ian. To support its work you can make a donation through this month’s Pink Envelope.