CATHOLIC UNITED BUILD
Catholic parishes across Kent County are uniting to express
Christ’s love to neighbors who need affordable housing.
Catholics will work together to build an affordable
energy-efficient home for a local homebuyer family.
Any gift, no matter the size, will help four local families build and purchase a new home. This will create a better life for themselves and future generations.
History on the 2017 Catholic United Build
Four of the eight Northwest residences Habitat Kent plans to build in 2017 will be built at 648th 4th Street, directly across the street from the Basilica of St. Adalbert. Formerly, the property was home to six families who lived in a small apartment complex on the site. On July 24, 2014, a fire devastated the structure and the six apartments were destroyed. After area agencies stepped in to place the affected families, the landlord decided not to rebuild and eventually sold the property to Habitat Kent.
Common wall design necessitates that all four units be built at once and consequently, on any given day 30-40 volunteers will be working at the site. It will be quite a deviation from the typical Habitat house that hosts 12 – 15 volunteers per workday. Over the course of the project, Habitat anticipates filling 1,700 volunteer opportunities.
Why choose this project as the 2017 Catholic United Build?
Catholic parishes have been involved in the ministry of Habitat Kent County since the late 1990’s. They’ve sponsored and worked on dozens of Habitat homes. In the past several years, under Habitat’s Catholic United Build banner, area Catholics have filled 2,220 volunteer slots and have donated more than 13,400 hours to Habitat projects.
The size and scope of the project provides the Catholic community with a unique opportunity. Imagine the sense of community that can be achieved when crews from three different parishes arrive to work together on the same day. Volunteers from rural parishes can work side by side with new friends from urban parishes. Sister parishes can work together. Catholics new to this country can work side by side with friends who have been here for generations. Imagine students from Catholic Central and West Catholic joining in a day of service. The possibilities for fellowship through service are impressive.