By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established. — Proverbs 24:3
While it’s true that there’s no place like home, it’s also true that some people are blessed with better living conditions than others. Sometimes families just can’t afford a suitable home. Other times, natural disaster strikes and leaves families homeless.
This reality expresses the core vision of Habitat for Humanity: a world where everyone has a decent place to live. With a mission to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope, Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 1 million families — representing 5 million people — improve their living conditions since its founding in 1976.
Each year, more than 1 million people volunteer to build houses to give families a new start with a place to call home. Locally, the 2015 Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Build was held on October 17 in the Como Neighborhood in west Fort Worth. For this build, eight FUMCFW members teamed up to help those in need with rewarding results — for homeowners and volunteers alike.
FUMCFW member John Howard sees it as one thing you can do to help make the world a better place. He says he really enjoys working with Habitat because it makes him feel good about people, the world, and himself. As John describes it, “It feels great to hammer a nail, make a good cut with the saw, and see the results at the end of the day. It feels even better to see all the houses when they are completed and when the owners are living in them.”
Sheila Stewart was also among the FUMCFW volunteers for the build. “I have long held a belief that everyone deserves to have safe, affordable housing,” Sheila says. “Building communities based on this belief is a wonderful opportunity to serve others.” Sheila feels that working with Habitat allows you to utilize whatever skills you have to help others — and actually see the outcome of your effort. “When you contribute to the ability for an individual or family to have safe and affordable housing, the impact has an effect on many other lives,” Sheila adds. “Therefore, your small effort has a much larger contribution to all our lives.”
Thanks to all the FUMCFW members who volunteered at the 2015 Habitat for Humanity Fall Fellowship Build. You not only built a house — you established a home.