Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 and in the 40 ensuing years has worked in 1,400 communities in the United States and 70 countries around the world. It has built over 120,000 homes in the U.S. and has helped 6.8 million people across the globe achieve strength, stability
Highland Park United Methodist Church began its association with Habitat for Humanity through its Carpenters for Christ, ministry in 1996, 10 years after the founding of Habitat’s chapter here. In the 20 ensuing
The pattern of Habitat homebuilding is the same all over the world. Habitat home recipients are not given their homes; they purchase their homes on interest-free or very low rates of interest, which reduces approximately by one-half the cost of their housing and allows them to create equity as they pay down what are usually 25-year mortgages.
Habitat homeowners must qualify in poverty-level or slightly above income ranges and must contribute 250 hours of ‘sweat equity’ before they can occupy the homes they are purchasing. The sweat equity includes performing physical labor on their home and on their neighbors’ homes and in attending required classes teaching the basics of
The cost of fulfilling its commitments to Habitat for Humanity lies substantially outside the Church’s annual operating budget. This means that these commitments must be covered by designated ‘extra mile’ donations to Carpenters for Christ or as part of the Church’s capital campaign. It is hoped that more members and friends of HPUMC will be inspired by this great mission to housing that they will join in making the much-needed and appreciated donations.
You can also mail a check (with 'Carpenters for Christ' in the memo line) to HPUMC.
c/o Joe B. Fortson
3300 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75205
Contact Joe B. Fortson with any questions or comments.