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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WALK TO BUILD- Eliminating Substandard Housing One Step at a Time

ANNUAL SPRING WALK

The annual fund-raiser will be a “virtual” walk. Due to the epidemic. Covenant church people may walk at their leisure in neighborhoods, ride a bike, or walk on a treadmill. You could also garden. The time-frame is from now until June. All donations are due by June 30.  You can register online at this link: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/habitat-spring-walk-to-build-2020

The campaign is winding down. Thus far, contributions total 1/3 of the 2019 total raised.

The “virtual” walk has made broader participation possible. You did not have to leave your house to participate- or you could ride a bike, take a ride on the car, or walk the dog.  Count your gardening hours. You can sponsor yourself. I just ask that you write “Grace” in the memo line when you send a check.

If you wish to contribute online with a credit card: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/habitat-spring-walk-to- build-2020

Please scroll down to “Grace”.

By mail:  checks to “Habitat for Humanity/7Rivers”, 126 Maine Street, Suite #1, Topsham, ME 04086

Please visit the Restore at the above address for building supplies, furniture, appliances, kitchen cabinets, vanities, etc., etc. It’s a great place to find cottage furniture, wall and floor tile, and bargains on a wide variety of items for home and garden.

Grace became a Habitat Covenant Church in the late 1990’s. A Covenant Church agrees to support Habitat with prayer, volunteers, and funding. A volunteer can work on builds by swinging a hammer, painting, laying flooring, and any number of other duties – no experience needed. Other ways of helping out can be weatherization of windows and doors or repairing an existing house.  In addition, many Grace parishioners serve as volunteer staff at the Habitat ReStore, located in Topsham.

Habitat For Humanity 7 Rivers Maine was founded in 1991. Its Mission Statement reads in part: “Habitat For Humanity 7 Rivers Maine (HFH7RM) is an ecumenical community fellowship of caring people committed to providing adequate, family-owned housing. We are a partnership of families, volunteers, and contributors working … to eliminate substandard housing. HFH7RM coordinates the labor of volunteers with contributions of money and material to build modest, affordable housing in partnership with qualified families. HFH7RM nurtures the bonds created by this partnership into growing and long-term relationships.”

Habitat usually builds one home a year. The home in Boothbay begun last fall needs to be finished. Two teams work all year to provide barrier-free senior home updates, help for low-income seniors, and home improvements for the handicapped. One home that received a ramp, grab bars, and other accommodations was owned by a senior couple who had been in a serious auto accident. He will never walk again.