In-person and online opportunities to volunteer with FRS Habitat for Humanity. Saturday, September 18, starting at 8:15am.

How many times have you joined with the congregation in reciting our belief that “love is our doctrine, the quest for truth is our sacrament, and service is our prayer.” Within our inspired congregation so many members have found effective ways to exercise this promise. One resonant form of service is to join with other members to help build shelter for families that qualify for ownership of a Habitat home.

After more than a year in Covid Limbo, we are ready to return to the Habitat building site in Salisbury to complete the construction of seven homes, all financed to be affordable to ordinary families with moderate to low incomes. What could be better than to swing a hammer, complete finishing work, and assemble safety, security, and affordability, all in the name of service? What need do we address with this service to Habitat families?

Ordinary people living in Merrimack River communities like Amesbury, Salisbury, and Newburyport are facing an extraordinary challenge in finding safe, secure, and affordable housing. The median price for a single-family house for sale now in this area is approaching a $1,000,000. The average rent for a modest two-bedroom apartment ranges from about $2,000 to $3,000 a month. Half of all local renters face spending more than half their monthly income on housing costs. The number of homes affordable to low and moderate income households–for sale or for rent—is rapidly shrinking.

Habitat fosters affordable home ownership. The non-profit Habitat finances its homes to be affordable and sustainable over the long haul. This financing model works, in part, due to your donated labor. The homes are built to be owned by families. These families anchor their neighborhood and serve the community as good citizens.

The FRS Habitat team joins other volunteers to complete the construction of Habitat’s seven homes. The next service day is Saturday, September 18, starting at 8:15am.

Join us and you will experience fellowship, forge connection, find joy, and contribute service.

For more information contact Howard Mandeville at FRSHabitat@gmail.com or call 608-215-0952.

 

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