Anderson church partners with Habitat for Humanity to provide house for local family

ANDERSON—St. John’s United Methodist Church is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide housing for a local family.

A fundraising goal has been set of $30,000 for the church to raise outside its yearly budget and mission efforts.

“This goal is ambitious, but certainly doable,” said attorney Tom Dunaway, member of St. John’s and co-chair of this project.

Dunaway has enlisted the help of the Anderson County Bar Association in the fundraising effort.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families and individuals who do not qualify for a commercial loan fulfill their dream of becoming a homeowner. Applicants apply for a home and are chosen based on their need and their willingness to put in “sweat equity.” When their home is completed, the applicant signs a mortgage and is required to pay a mortgage payment, as all homeowners do, with the major difference that the Habitat mortgage is interest free.

This particular house will be for a local family: Tia and her little boy, Nylan. Construction began in November.

“St. John’s is a very mission-oriented church, and we are blessed with the opportunity to put a deserving family into their very own home,” said St. John’s pastor Dr. Kitty Holtzclaw about the project.

Chris Harpe, co-chair, encourages participation from the entire community.

“Our church has been presented with this opportunity to put God’s love into action,” Harpe said. “Your contribution of money, time and meals for the workers will help build a home and hope for Tia and her little boy.”

To learn more and help: or St. John’s United Methodist Church, 515 S. McDuffie Street, Anderson SC 29624.

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