Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.
Putting faith into action: Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that Christian discipleship necessarily involves acting in ways to manifest the love of Jesus Christ. Christ’s love for us must be reflected in our own lives by the way we love and care for one another. In the Bible, 1 John 3:17-18 tells us that “If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” Habitat for Humanity brings people from all walks of life together to make affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone.
Ownership is the Key: Home ownership is a key to Habitat’s success. No Habitat house is given away. Each family selected must put in 350 hours of “sweat equity” by working on theirs and others Habitat houses. The family must attend home maintenance and financial management workshops before moving into their home. The investment of labor, as well as the monthly mortgage payments gives a family true ownership which is vital to the upkeep of the home. It underscores the importance of self help and the dignity that comes from a hand-up rather than a handout.
Omaha Habitat for Humanity has been building homes in the Omaha area for over 25 years. They have built or refurbished over 200 homes since their inception in 1984.
The Carpenter’s Crew is a coalition of area churches who pool together funds and volunteers to build a home with a family selected by Omaha Habitat for Humanity. Included in the coalition are St Gerald’s, Mary Our Queen, Sacred Heart, St. Cecilia’s, Immanuel Lutheran, Dundee Presbyterian, St Paul United Methodist, Allen Chapel AME, St Charles Borromeo, Presbyterian Church of the Master, Thrivent Lutheran and Wells Fargo Bank. The Carpenter’s Crew is committed to raising $100,000 to fund the house and raising a volunteer workforce to build it.
What Can YOU Do…???
- Make a donation: Checks should be made out to St Margaret Mary’s and marked for Habitat for Humanity. They can be dropped in the collection basket or mailed to the Parish Office at 6116 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68132-2114.
- Volunteer to work: Skilled and Unskilled laborers are needed. We will start another project next August.
- Provide a meal: St. Margaret Mary’s will provide the meals and snacks for the volunteers for at least one weekend. Volunteers will be needed to make and serve the meals.
- Donate new building materials: If you are able to donate job-sized quantities of new building materials (doors, windows, lumber, nails, shingles, trim, drywall, etc.) contact John Ducey.
- Pray for the project: As always, the success of this project is in the hands of God and his people. Pray that God will bless us with success and safety while we raise funds and build.
If you have any questions contact John Ducey