Returners Join New Faith Communities to Serve Two Families
The good work of the faith communities of our first ever Interfaith Build in 2013 continues and grows with the even larger 2014 “Interfaith II.”
“My only regret as the project leader last year was that my church was not involved” said Senior Crew member Jim Weyers. Pastor Tim Crick of Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran took up the cause and joined the original seven of the first Interfaith Build. Diane Putzer of First English Lutheran, home of many Habitat volunteers, also took up the cause and joined. Even smaller faith communities, such as Whiting Baptist Community Church, are part of this year’s effort.
“Habitat is in our heart,” said Jodi Isom, a long time Whiting member, “Our faith community includes a family who is a Habitat home owner. We are blessed to be part of this.”
Each faith community contributes financially to the build and shares the volunteer opportunities. Each day, members of several faith communities share the common bond of working for the common good. New this year, volunteers will wear “Interfaith Build” t-shirts as visible symbols of “faith in action.”
Interfaith II volunteers will be working on the home at Second Street in Neenah and on a home on Birch Street in Kimberly. The Fox Valley Islamic Society is holding an Interfaith picnic. There will even be an “Interfaith Quilt Day” this fall for those who cannot get to the build site.
“Our mission is to bring people together and provide affordable housing opportunities” stated executive director John Weyenberg. “We are proud to be the organization where the faith of these different communities could be shown together. We hope “Interfaith” continues for years to come.”
The first Interfaith project saw seven faith communities come together to fund and build a home for the Thao Vang family, dedicated in June 2013.
- Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran
- First Congregational United Church of Christ
- First English Lutheran
- First Methodist of Neenah-Menasha
- Fox Valley Islamic Society
- Memorial Presbyterian
- Moses Montefiore Synagogue
- St. Joseph Catholic Church
- Whiting Community Baptist Church