To the Editor:
Under the Lord’s watchful eye our Apostles Build 2015 project began in early January and was completed on schedule thanks to our partnership with nine local church congregations.
The churches participated financially and by donating volunteer hours. Church members held fundraisers and spread the word among their congregations about this “back yard mission.” Following the January 9 slab blessing and wall raising, church volunteers spent days setting trusses, framing, painting, and installing shingles and vinyl siding. The volunteers did a wonderful job raising the home from the ground up!
The following churches participated in our Apostles Build 2015 project: Boca Grande Lighthouse United Methodist Church, Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, Deep Creek Community Church, Edgewater United Methodist Church, Faithlife Church, 1st United Methodist Church – Punta Gorda, Murdock Christian Church, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Boca Grande.
The new homeowner, Jacklyn Araque, a single mother of 4- year-old A.J., works with autistic children and is in the process of earning her master’s degree. She stopped by the build site throughout the construction phase to give a hand and to thank the volunteers and Habitat site supervisors. Jacklyn also accepted invitations from participating churches to attend a service, meet their members and share her story.
The Project was completed by March 23, and a home dedication ceremony was held on March 26th. The dedication ceremony provided a chance for individuals from the community to celebrate with Jacklyn and the participating churches on their accomplishment.
Jaclyn commented, “This experience was amazing and something I will cherish and take with me forever. As I have said before, I will say again, it takes ordinary people to do extraordinary things and everyone from Habitat to Apostle Build church members are truly extraordinary people in my book.”
Our affiliate looks forward to partnering with local churches during the spring of 2016 to build another Apostles Build home. If you are interested in receiving additional information about Apostles Build, please contact Jan Nick at (941) 639-3162 ext. 407 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity