Habitat for Humanity has a long history at Church of Our Redeemer spanning roughly 15 years. Originally members of the Redeemer community volunteered to work on projects in the Roxbury area and then moved our focus to the Lawrence based Habitat branch.
The work that we do on the construction site is dependent upon the needs at the site that day and the skills of the volunteers. We have raised walls, built roofs, installed flooring, painted, installed sheetrock, poured cement, and landscaped yards, just to name a few of the jobs we have been asked to do. Anyone can help and all are welcome as specific skills for construction are not required; no one is given a task that they cannot accomplish.
Project teams are assembled at the job site and are led by volunteers that have experience in the assigned task. Habitat project managers are always available to assist with each team to insure the task is done correctly.
All persons age 16 and up are welcome to participate, although you must be 18 to handle power tools. All the tools and materials required for the day’s work are located at the job site, so volunteers are not required to bring any personal tools.
The atmosphere at the build site is very friendly, quite often you get to work alongside the future owner of the home as they are all required to invest personal time building at the job site. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, drinks and a snack as quite often it is not possible to go off site for lunch.
In addition to working on construction projects, Redeemer volunteers have also worked that the Habitat ReStore sorting doors and other items in Lawrence. The ReStore is a home improvement store stocked with new and lightly used building materials. The ReStore takes donations from local businesses dealing in home improvement items. These items can be anything from nails to kitchen cabinets, golf clubs to storm doors. It is also possible for individuals to donate new or used items that can be tax deductible. All proceeds from the sale of goods at the ReStore goes to fund the building of new Habitat projects.
At the end of a workday everyone has a feeling of accomplishing something positive for other people and the community at large. Redeemer has a tremendous number of skilled individuals that have sustained our ability to visit Habitat projects each Spring and Fall. Habitat is a great way to get to know people that we worship with from a different angle.
From top to bottom: Habitat for Humanity housing on Market Street in Lawrence, constructed on the site of the 2008 fire; The former St. Patrick Convent on Parker Street in Lawrence is being converted to new housing; The Habitat ReStore on Andover Street in Lawrence where you can find new and gently used cabinets, building supplies, furniture, tools, housewares and other items. The public is welcome to shop and donate items for sale and all proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity programs.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Habitat for Humanity believes that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable house. How can you help them fulfill this worthy Christian mission? There are many ways!
Join the Redeemer crew on a Habitat Work Day! Redeemer sends volunteers to work in Lawrence each spring and fall. You don’t need special skills or tools to volunteer, just a willingness to help.
Watch for an announcement soon for the upcoming fall workday or contact Steve Burns for more information!
Watch for Mission envelopes later this month at Redeemer. Also consider donating used furnishings to a Habitat ReStore.
There are Habitat ReStores nearby in Billerica, Lawrence, West Roxbury and Nashua New Hampshire.
Visit their website for locations and details: http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx.
Proceeds from all purchases benefit the Habitat for Humanity mission!