By Robby Dunnagan
On Friday December 14, twenty families celebrated the payoff of their mortgages with Habitat for Humanity at a mortgage shredding ceremony. We celebrate this terrific accomplishment with these families.
Christ UMC has been a partner with Habitat for more than 30 years. Some of these 14 homeowners began their journey at about that same time. In the Habitat model, every prospective homeowner must complete 250 hours of sweat equity working on the building of their home and others’. They must successfully pass a credit analysis. They must attend classes on such things as budgeting and basic home repair to prepare them for home ownership. After qualifying through this process, Habitat homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat. Habitat assists by selling the houses at no profit and providing a low-interest mortgage. The fact that these homeowners have now paid off their mortgages is a testament to their hard work and perseverance.
One of the homeowners, Reggie Jones, said “It feels great. I mean, you really can’t explain it, but it’s a great feeling.” Jones, a U.S Army veteran moved into his house in 2003. In 15 years, he was able to pay off his mortgage. He did this even though he lost his income for 17 months after heart bypass surgery. He is now doing well and is so appreciative of the opportunity that Habitat has given him.
It is through the generous support of its sponsors that Habitat is able to provide the “Hand Up” to assist the working poor in our community. In the last 30 years, Habitat of Greensboro has built more than 490 homes locally and more than 450 homes abroad. What an impact on these people and our community!
If you would like to help continue this important work, please consider a contribution. Send your check to Christ UMC with a notation for Habitat Fund.
Together we seek to build homes, communities, and hope!
Travel with Habitat
International mission trips with Habitat are being planned for 2019 to Honduras and Kenya. For more information, contact Robby Dunnagan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or attend the information meeting on January 8 at 6pm at First Presbyterian Church.
More about Housing, Building & Construction
To learn more about how Christ Church partners with community organizations and its members to provide housing solutions through building and construction missional engagement opportunities, visit the Missions Café this January.