While Muncie is home to a diversity of opinions and beliefs, one thing we can all agree on is that everyone deserves a safe and decent place to call home. Muncie Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build is an opportunity to not only lay a physical foundation but also an emotional and mental foundation, for all faith groups, to come together as one, united for one common cause- HUMANITY. We are bringing together congregations and communities from a variety of traditions to volunteer, side-by-side, to build affordable homes for families.
In total, 11 congregations from around Muncie and the surrounding area volunteered on this home. To kick off the build, volunteers from The Gathering set the sill plates, installed the crawlspace wall insulation, and set the main beam. The floor joists were then installed in the blistering heat by High Street UMC! In the third weekend, we were joined by the group from The Revolution, who finished the rim board and insulated it working hard through a very rainy and muddy day. Following that, groups from Southern Wells Community Church and Desoto UMC finished the subfloor and started building walls. The weekend after that, the group from Hazelwood Church installed the house wrap and another group from Corinth UMC continued to place the walls between rain drops. A combined group from First Presbyterian & Renovation Light had the very unique experience of setting the roof trusses and installing fascia boards and one row of roof sheeting! In the final weekend, volunteers from University Christian Church wrapped up the Interfaith Build. In just a few weeks, these groups worked together to take this project from foundation to being completely framed and ready for roofing. How amazing!?
It really takes a community to raise the walls, AND the funds, for a Habitat Home. Speaking of funds, the 2021 Interfaith teams raised over $8,000 in donations towards the home construction of partner family, Sweeter’s home!
Every chance that she gets, Sweeter is working alongside our Interfaith Build Teams. She and her two children, daughter Jay’onna (15) and son Brandon (7) are working alongside Muncie Habitat to realize their dream of homeownership. “I have lived in Muncie all my life,” Sweeter explained. “I heard good things about Habitat and I’ve seen their good work. I also have a few family members who have partnered over the years so I felt like I could apply too. I am ready to be a homeowner! It’s a new experience for me and I’m ready to put in the work to get it because it will be well worth it.”
Thank you to all of our Interfaith Build teams and donors. Together, we are making a difference!