Habitat for humanity
Next date is July 23rd - 27th
volunteer sign up is available now
Over half of construction volunteer spots are still available with openings each day of the week
and we still have some food donation needs.
Click here for volunteer sign up
Click here to donate items needed
Click here for May 13th Bulletin Cover with more info
The parishioners of St Joe's have many great long standing summer traditions. One of these, for almost twenty years now, takes place for a week each year at a Habitat for Humanity home construction site. Volunteers come together for a day, two or the entire week in what is an amazing time for fellowship and sharing of talents to help achieve the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity mission “To eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience.”
Our parish has helped built homes in Mpls, St. Paul, Woodbury, Hastings, Jordan and Chaska to name just a few. Just last summer we spent a week in June over in the Mississippi Dunes area of Cottage Grove. Sometimes we start at the foundation, as we did at the Hastings home, and by the end of our work camp week we were “raising the roof”. It was amazing to see what we had accomplished in just one short week. Sometimes we work at the end of the construction cycle and do painting, finish work, landscaping and clean up. And sometimes we are in the middle of construction and we get to install cabinetry, doors, trim, flooring and a multitude of other tasks. Whatever we do, we do it with fun and a sense of community.
What's a day of Habitat like?
Each morning we gather for breakfast and fellowship prior to starting our work camp day. Instructions are given and then we pray together before we begin our tasks. Small groups are assigned to a crew leader, so there’s plenty of time to chat while we work and get to know one another a little better. The next thing you know, it’s time for our morning break. Everyone is encouraged to hydrate and have a snack and then it’s back to our work.
The lunch bell usually sounds around noon. Don’t come to our work camps expecting to just get a bag lunch, oh no. With the help of all of our many food donators we are able to provide a warm, hearty meal each day of the work camp week. After lunch it’s back to work, then another afternoon break, and before you know it, it’s time to wrap up for the day.
Habitat for Humanity is an excellent way to fulfill God’s commandment to help others in need, while working alongside the homeowners that will be occupying a Habitat home. Each Habitat homeowner must put in 500 hours of sweat equity into a Habitat home as part of the program to qualify for home ownership. That’s 12.5 weeks of working 40 hours at a Habitat built site, a huge commitment on the part of the homeowners.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
How can I get involved?
As an on-site construction worker you can commit to one to five days at the work site. All levels of skill are welcome. Each work day begins at 8 AM and ends at 4 PM. Construction volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
On site food workers set up for the meals and breaks, clean up after meals and breaks and deliver water and beverages to the construction volunteers during the work day.
Another way to get involved is to provide a beverage, snack or portion of a meal. Each year all of our food and drink for the week comes from the generous donations of our parishioners and community businesses.
Lastly, you could join the planning team. Each year a small group of us work to complete miscellaneous tasks to make sure we are ready for a successful work week. Our most important events leading up to the week are our sign up weekends. We serve donuts and man the sign up tables to discuss questions with volunteers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Matt Timmers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 357-2492
Kyle Finken at email@example.com