In This Issue ----- March, 2023

  • Work Days on Marion Street
  • Chestnut Housing @ Stewardship U
  • What We're Reading

Work Days on Marion Street

If you are ready to volunteer in support of Chestnut Housing's mission, we need your help this month! A family recently moved out of a property we manage for East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, and it needs some TLC to get ready for the next family to move in.

Our work will focus on interior painting and cleaning. If this sounds like work you'd enjoy doing alongside other volunteers, please join us!

When: March 16 and 17; 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: 434 E. Marion St. (Please park in the lot behind East Chestnut St Mennonite Church; the house is next to the back corner of the lot)

What: Painting and deep cleaning

We'll provide supplies and lunch!

Chestnut Housing @ Stewardship U

Chestnut Housing will be well-represented at this year's Stewardship University, a half-day of presentations and workshops on faith, financial wellness, and generosity hosted by Everence.

Executive Director Chad Martin in a recent educational seminar for The Shalom Project.

Chad Martin will co-present a workshop titled, "Is your church sitting on a solution to your community's housing crisis?" and participating in a panel discussion on Racism, Redlining, and Repair with Everence VP of Church and Community Development.

Please join us @ Stewardship U on March 18!

What We're Reading

Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian Call to End Homelessness

By Kevin Nye

Kevin Nye offers a theological and practical vision for understanding and ending homelessness. Nye is a minister and advocate who works at a nonprofit called The Center in Hollywood, California; their mission is to ‘break the cycle of homelessness through radical hospitality, creating safe and supportive communities.’ His theological education, love for the church, and work as an advocate inform his work and writing.

Nye's basic premise is that we are all equally in need of grace, love and dignity, and our call is to extend these to others in the same way we want them for ourselves. Underlying every page is an invitation to see who God is and who God loves in a new and deeper way. 

Nye describes social issues and myths interrelated with homelessness, including housing, mental health, substance abuse and addiction, and isolation. HIs goal is overcoming narratives that dehumanize and exclude to replace with those that empower and humanize all people. The book is engaging, filled with stories, and offers a gentle invitation for each of us to find our way to understanding and action.

Sue Waterfield


Looking for more resources on affordable housing? Or do you have a book to recommend to our team at Chestnut Housing?

If so, reach out to Chad Martin: