United Methodists work with Habitat to rebuild Southern Indiana

2012-08-02T14:44:00Z 2012-08-02T15:19:06Z United Methodists work with Habitat to rebuild Southern IndianaContributed by Holly Paris | Disaster Recovery Coordinator AmeriCorps Member Habitat Indiana nwitimes.com

Marion County, IN | Today, Habitat for Humanity of Indiana received $100,000 from the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church to build 2 homes as a part of Habitat Indiana’s disaster recovery project called “Raise the Roof Over Southern Indiana”.

Methodists will provide both funding and volunteers for the project and are the lead church sponsor of the event. Habitat will build between 10-20 homes for families in need of housing after the deadly tornados that swept through the region earlier this year. Homes will be constructed in Henryville and the Madison/Chelsea area for tornado victims.

United Methodist Church volunteers from around the state will travel to Southern Indiana to build these homes in hopes of completing them in time for Christmas. The Methodist church has been a longtime partner of Habitat for Humanity and it is only fitting that they would lead the charge in this rebuilding effort.

If 20 families are identified, the project will cost nearly $1.7 million and will take over 2000 volunteers to construct. Habitat construction leaders from affiliates across the state will gather the week of October 8th-12th to blitz build the homes (complete the exterior of all homes in a week). An affiliate in every major city in Indiana will participate by sending skilled leaders and tools to make the project happen.

Habitat for Humanity has responded to numerous disasters in the United States and around the world and has served more than 80,000 families impacted by disasters like the one that hit Southern Indiana.

Habitat is still searching for families to assist, volunteers to build and funding to pay for the project. If groups or individuals would like to participate, please contact our office at (317) 454-8090 to get more information on how you can help.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, that unites people of all races, religions and backgrounds to build homes around the world for families in need. Since its inception, HFHI has built more than 500,000 worldwide, providing more than 2.5 million people with affordable shelter.

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of nearly 1,200 congregations in the state which “Makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”For more information, visit, www.inumc.org/volunteer.

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