Thank you for your continued support and interest in Habitat for Humanity of McLean County. The summertime finds us in mid-build season. It is such an exciting time not only in the office, but in the neighborhoods in which we build.
Currently we have four homes under construction
each its own miracle and a demonstration of people putting their faith into action. Later this month, we will break ground on two more homes with families who are excited to get started.
I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this process. On an empty lot in a sleepy neighborhood, suddenly, a foundation appears. This is the result of many hours of work by our construction staff. Somewhere off site, often a church parking lot, 60 volunteers are working in concert building the interior and exterior walls for these homes. What motivates them to spend a Saturday morning pounding nails, taxing their muscles, and collecting splinters? I believe it’s the holy spirit. Through this selfless work we see that people still love each other--communities still matter.
How long does it take to build a Habitat house? As long as it takes, but usually we complete a home in approximately seven months. Every week, volunteers spend part of the weekend making dreams come true alongside a family they don’t know very well – yet. Recently, I was on a construction site and I overheard a volunteer on the phone telling her friend “next week you’re coming with me”. What is the secret to Habitat’s success? We keep God at the center, but also, volunteering with Habitat is fun! Our Volunteer Coordinator puts in many thoughtful hours to make the experience meaningful for you each time. Plus, you get to see the fruits of your labor nail by nail, board by board, week by week.
I encourage you to witness God’s love all year round. Currently we are building at 607 W. Mulberry, 1008 W. Front, 1502 W. Chestnut
, and 806 S. Madison in Bloomington. Go for an evening walk or drive, or stop in on a Saturday morning to meet some amazing people.
Thank you again for taking this journey with us,