MORRIS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY


MORRIS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide, ecumenical ministry that builds homes for, and in partnership with, low income families. Founded in 1946 by the Fullers, there are now 1,700 local affiliates. In 1987 former President Jimmy Carter invited the Rev. Dr. Jim White, pastor of MUMC to a conference in NYC. Jim came back and organized Morris Habitat. Today Morris Habitat is building eight units each year. In 2007-8 MUMC joined with 17 other parishes and a synagogue to complete a two family home a few blocks from our church. Some find it strange, but the reality is that even though Morris County is the 7th highest income county in America, 30,000 residents of Morris County live at or below the poverty level…and for them to find affordable, safe housing is extremely difficult. Families who get a Habitat built home must be interviewed and approved as worthy, responsible, and able to carry a modest mortgage. Usually several hundred approved families are waiting to be selected for a home…and unfortunately the only way to make the selection is to have a lottery. Selected families must put in “sweat” equity during the building process. This allows volunteers to get to know families on a one-on-one basis…and the joy on their faces when their home is dedicated gives great satisfaction. For the remainder of 2012, and in 2013, MUMC will field a Habitat crew one Saturday each month.

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