Check out the House #19 page (click here) to meet our next partner family and for more details on our upcoming build project – set to begin in the Spring or Summer of 2016 once fundraising goals have been met. And continue reading below to relive moments from our 18th project, completed just before Christmas last year.
Our Recently Completed Project: Area Churches Support a Habitat ‘Disciple Build’
Missy Combs and her two children were selected by Hancock County Habitat to build a home down in Sedgwick in partnership with area ‘Disciple Build’ churches. Completed in time to get the family in for Christmas, this was the first home Habitat had built on the Blue Hill Peninsula since 1999-2000!
While completed just before Christmas, we waited until Spring started to make its presence known before dedicating our 18th home for Missy, Ashley, and Brodie. Here are a few pictures from the day, the program (click here) and speeches (click here) for those who were not able to attend, and a link (click here) to a wonderful sermon inspired by the day given by Rev. Tim Hall of Castine.
And above are some photos of some of the site volunteers who helped us see the project through to the end — individual volunteers, members of the Bucksport Garden Club, members of the UU Congregation in Castine, two Bates Aesop groups, Camp Walt Whitman’s CIT group, the Ellsworth Lioness Club and their daughters, a local Girl Scout troop from Castine, and Stan Leach, builder! Check out more photos on Facebook!
Missy Combs came to Hancock County Habitat for Humanity in mid-2011 seeking a partnership with her family. Missy and her two children live in her mother’s Sedgwick home with five other relatives. After several cycles of Habitat’s Family Selection process, Missy’s tenacity paid off when her family was finally approved by the Habitat Board of Directors in February 2013.
Habitat for Humanity is one of the largest home-builders in the US and has been very successful in building with low income population due in large part to being able to motivate churches, the faith community, to support our partner families. The Disciple Build concept is one where 12 churches come together to raise money and provide labor to build a Habitat house. We believe this is a dynamic and project-driven way to engage churches to join our mission, forming a coalition with 12 area churches which will open doors to new church partners on the Blue Hill peninsula. Our partners included:
Blue Hill Congregational Church
First Baptist Church of Blue Hill
First Baptist Church, Brooklin
North Sedgwick Baptist Church
Our Lady of Holy Hope Catholic Church
Penobscot United Methodist Church
St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine
Trinity Episcopal Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine
West Brooksville Congregational
Hancock County Habitat for Humanity was recently awarded a $9,500 Hancock County Fund grant through the Maine Community Foundation. This grant provided matching funds to those raised by the 12 churches involved in the Disciple Build; each church was responsible for raising $700. Habitat has seen yard sales, church bazaars, bake sales and breakfasts raise well over this amount. Once each church reached is financial goal, its members have already been involved in home construction, providing meals on weekend workdays, etc. It is our hope that this type of involvement by many community members will create momentum for future builds and create a core volunteer base.
For the past six years, the MDI High Habitat Class, taught by Bruce Munger, spent their winter semester learning construction methods (and about Habitat’s mission to provide homeownership to lower income families) by building wall panels for Habitat’s next partner family. They have built panels for homes completed in Otis, Franklin, Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine and this year the panels went to the Sedgwick build.
Habitat’s 18th partner family was also on hand as the class erected all their completed panels in the school parking lot. The class does this mock-up every spring to ensure their connections are accurate, eliminating any delay in field installation. An added benefit was that Missy and her 2 children could select their bedrooms well in advance of actual construction and the class enjoyed having the family visit to see the fruits of their labor.
What are your “plans” for the weekend…?
Click below to watch a great video of the mock-assembly of all of the pre-fab. wall panels for our just completed build. THANK you MDI High!!!