Faith in Action is a B/CS Habitat build group made up of local churches and faith groups. Members of Faith in Action raise money to sponsor Habitat homes and recruit volunteers for Habitat builds.
Sharing God’s love with our neighbors has always been at the core of Habitat’s mission statement. The Bryan/College Station Habitat affiliate was formed when a local church wanted to help one of their congregation members build a house in 1989.
In 1997, 14 local churches came together for the area’s first ever ecumenical Habitat build and constructed two houses for the Lewis family and the Harris family. Since then, Faith in Action has helped build 25 houses for Habitat families.
What Faith in Action Does
Faith in Action raises money through fundraisers within each congregation as well as group projects. Currently, Faith in Action has two major fundraising events, Run for the House in the spring and Pumpkin Patch in the fall. Members from the Faith in Action churches and faith groups organize and staff these fun events, and the funds raised go towards sponsoring a Habitat house.
Faith in Action also coordinates volunteer groups from their churches and faith groups to come and build the houses they sponsor.
How to join Faith in Action
If your church or faith group wants to learn more about or is interested in joining Faith in Action, please contact Madeline Zwicke, B/CS Habitat’s development coordinator.
You are also welcome to come to the monthly Faith in Action meetings. The meetings are held every third Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in Habitat’s Educational Building located at 119 Lake St. in Bryan. At the meetings, members plan fundraising activities and coordinate volunteer days.
For more information, contact Director of Development, Carl Orozco, at (979)823-7200 ext. 104 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith Build is a home build that is sponsored and built by people of all faith traditions. Interfaith Build is hosted and organized by Faith in Action.
B/CS Habitat’s first Interfaith Build was completed in 2013. The beneficiaries of this collaboration are the Alvarados, a Mormon family. The new homeowners, Luis and Alicia Alvarado, along with their two young children, had been living in a crowded one bedroom apartment, but now are thriving in their own decent home.
Connie Flickinger, a member of Peace Lutheran Church and co-chair of the Faith in Action Committee, first promoted the idea of an Interfaith build. “Helping others is a strong tenet of all of our faiths and this project allowed us to come together and share some of our many similarities instead of worrying about our differences,” she explained.
If your congregation or faith-based organization would like to participate in a future Interfaith Build, please contact Carl A. Orozco at (979) 823-7200 or email him at email@example.com
How can your congregation or faith-based organization participate:
1. Advocate – Get your congregation excited about this opportunity.
2. Sponsor – Interfaith Build participants need to raise $55,000 to support the “hard costs” of construction. Sponsors are able to reserve volunteer spots as a benefit of their financial involvement.
3. Volunteer – Help build the house!
“The Interfaith build was a great idea and it clearly showed that people of different backgrounds and beliefs can indeed come together and move the community forward. I don’t think we only helped the Alvarados; I think we helped ourselves. We learned and taught that we are all friends and neighbors, and when we work together we can accomplish more than we can imagine.”
– Yunus Zeytuncu, a member of Raindrop Turkish House and participant of Interfaith Build ’13