June 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2023
This summer we once again partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to help construct new homes in Chaska. The site we were building on is called the Faith Builds site because the volunteers each week come from various faith communities around the Twin Cities Metro! It is the same site of the project we were at for the past 2 years but we are now invited to be part of one of the final teams to work on the last houses of the development before the families close on the homes and move in!
There are many ways to get involved, whether or not you’d like to join the construction crew! We have online sign-ups below and will take in-person sign-ups after Masses the weekends of May 13-14, May 20-21, and June 3-4.
Ready to get involved or have questions? Fill out the form below and Grace Koleczek, Risen Savior’s Social Justice & Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, will get back to you.
Habitat for Humanity Sign Up
Here are just a few photos from our 2022 Build!
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity shared this video message with all those involved with the build we were a part of in August 2021. Thank you!
Last summer in July 2021, we welcomed Anne and Julia of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for a presentation and discussion titled, “There’s no place like home!” The Transformational Power of Homeownership.
Some of the key learnings we took away included:
- Habitat for Humanity was originally imagined as Koinonia Farm by a biblical scholar/farmer named Clarence Jordan in Georgia in 1942.
- Twin Cities Habitat was first started by a Lutheran congregation in South Minneapolis in 1985.
- Affordable, safe housing is linked to many other needs: quality education, stability, better health, access to transportation and jobs, and more! We heard one Habitat homeowner’s story of how her home is her “sanctuary.” It has meant family, community, security, and thriving together.
- Habitat not only builds new homes but also purchases and rehabs homes, provides mortgages for clients to buy on the open market, helps clients make repairs so they can stay in their homes, does advocacy work, and more.
- Historically because of racist policies and structures in place, affordable housing has been denied to People of Color. Despite many progressive social programs, Minnesota is one of the worst states for racial disparities in housing. The experience of searching for and securing housing for a Person of Color is much harder than for whites.
- Habitat has extensive financial and homeowner coaching for their clients, which ensure that their homeowners are ready for the challenge of owning a home! They learn skills for financial planning, home repair, and being part of a neighborhood. Habitat families receive post-purchasing support as well.
Learn more about Twin Cities Habitat at this link.
Social Justice Interest Survey
Once you submit this survey it will be emailed to the Social Justice and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, who will be in touch shortly thereafter!