Each year, Methodist churches across the city come together to sponsor a family during their Habitat build. This sponsorship pays for much of the cost to build the house (or unit) so that the family can pay a subsidized house payment. The family also has to build “sweat equity” before purchasing their house by helping others to build THEIR Habitat homes. We, as financial sponsors and building volunteers, play a small but vital role in the larger and longer process that this family goes through in order to take a step toward economic justice through land and a home of their own. By participating in this build, or by donating money to the Habitat fund, you are living out God’s call for us to support our neighbors, to “DO GOOD,” and for true justice for all people.
1. The first is always prayer. Pray for the Methodist build, and for Sherwood Commons, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, and the families that will be working during this build in order to purchase their new home.
2. You can donate to the Habitat for Humanity fund through our church. This fund will be used to support food costs on September 18 and will purchase the housewarming gift for our family after the build is complete. You can give through the link below, or simply send a check to the church (or place it in the offering plate on Sunday) with HABITAT in the memo line.
3. You can sign up to participate in one of our TWO build dates (or in any of the build dates, see the P.S. below). Forest Hills UMC will send crews on Saturday, September 18 and Saturday, October 9. Disciples wishing to participate in the build should be prepared to arrive at 7:30 am and will be finished by 3:30 pm. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and water will be provided on both days. You are WELCOME to sign up for more than one day! Builders must be 16 or older (minors 16+ need parent permission). See the sign-up link below! If you do not see our dates, don’t fret! Add yourself to the waitlist, or sign up for a different build date!
This year Habitat of Greater Nashville is attempting something new in our area. Instead of individual homes, we will be working within a townhome community called Sherwood Commons. These townhomes will not only support a greater connection between the homeowners but will also bring greater connection for each of the builders, whether part of the Methodist team or a different team, as we all work together toward the goal of completing this community. Each day we will have 60+ volunteers (20+ from the Methodist build), who will work side by side with each other and with the families until the final product is reached.
Lucy has been so grateful to live in a home in East Nashville that belongs to her church. She was a caregiver to the previous owners of the home and that helped her afford to live in Nashville. When the owners died and left the home to the church, Lucy became worried that she would be asked to leave on short notice. Her church has been very supportive, but she knows that one day they will want to sell the property. A friend told her about Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program and she loved the idea of a new home with less repairs. “I will be excited to be the first person to live in my home and I look forward to decorating every inch,” she says.
Lucy works at the Christian Broadcasting Network as a partner care representative and she also works at CADPro part-time as a cad drafter. She came to Nashville from the Bahamas to get in the music business and has lived here 23 years. She attended Nashville State Community College on a scholarship and is working on an associate degree in applied science in architecture. Lucy qualified for the Habitat homeownership program and is taking homeownership classes and will work with her sponsors on her new townhome at Sherwood Commons. “The thought of knowing that no one can tell me I have to move is liberating,” she said. To her sponsors she says, “Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!! I do not have to live with the fear of being told to find another place to live. I hope to one day be in the position to help someone else’s dream of homeownership come through.”