Lent 2019: Hope Lives Here
“’For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.’” – Hebrews 3:4
This Lent we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to raise money to initiate a total neighborhood transformation near downtown Des Moines! The money raised will go towards building new homes, as well as repairing existing ones, in the River Bend neighborhood. By working together we can play a major role in building better futures for an entire neighborhood! Opportunities to serve also exist by building and renovating these homes in the fall.
About Habitat for Humanity
Housing is one of the most basic needs we as individuals have and is the single largest expense for most households. While Iowa is known as an affordable place to live, many Iowans still struggle to pay their bills each month. Families are often faced with the tough choice between their home, medical care, food or transportation. One unexpected expense can send a family hurtling toward eviction or homelessness. Habitat for Humanity helps address this issue by uplifting low-income Des Moines families. All Habitat homebuyer families earn between 30-60% of the area median income for their family size and demonstrate a need for housing by currently living in substandard or cost-burdened housing. To be eligible for a Habitat home, all families must complete homeownership classes to equip them with the necessary knowledge and education to work toward financial stability.
The goal for Hope Lives Here is to raise $500,000, which would provide enough funds to build three homes and complete 40 repairs on current homes within the River Bend neighborhood near downtown Des Moines. Our hope is that by the end of this project, more than 43 families will feel the everlasting love of Jesus Christ through the prayers, generous giving and service hours provided through Hope Lives Here. We are better together, and can make a better tomorrow for many in our community, by being the church!
How to Get Involved
- Pray. Please pray for this project and all of the families that will have a brighter tomorrow from its lasting impact!
- Give. You can give during weekend services by dropping your offering in the designated buckets, by texting GIVEHOPE LENT to 73256, or by clicking here.
- Serve. Sign up to build and repair these homes as an individual, family or life group! Fill out this quick-and-easy form and we will notify you once days and times to volunteer have been selected. Construction is set to begin this fall.