Congregations of different faiths came together to “raise the roof” on Margarette Brown’s home on Saturday, September 24th. Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County celebrated Building on Faith Week by working alongside volunteers from Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Congregation Schaarai Zedek and the Islamic Society of New Tampa. Each congregation made a financial commitment to help fund the construction of the home and make it possible for Margarette to obtain an affordable mortgage through Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity has been working for many years to overcome poverty, with housing as a core issue. Research continues to confirm the importance of decent shelter to overcome poverty. The vision to end poverty housing will require partnerships across the community, including those of diverse religious congregations.
Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County participates in Building on Faith week to show its commitment to working alongside the local faith community. As diverse religions unite around decent shelter for low-income people as a common goal and use Habitat for Humanity as a vehicle for change, we show faith in action that goes beyond dialogue. As we work together, we are showing the community that we live our faiths, not compromise them, by joining together to provide decent housing for all.