St. Lucas UCC Mission and Outreach

Habitat for Humanity


 

2017 Mission Schedule

On the second Sunday of each month, the Mission Moment is presented in church. Offering envelopes for these benevolences can be found in your offering envelope packets, or you may use a pew envelope noting on it to which benevolence the offering should be sent. 

January - Neighborhood Houses

February - Eden Seminary

March - One Great Hour of Sharing

April - Every Child's Hope

May - Isaiah 58

June - Emmaus Homes

July - Habitat for Humanity

August - Joint Neighborhood Ministry

September - Camp MoVal

October - Lydia's House

November - Feed My People

December
    Strengthen The Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St. Louis chapter of Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1986. At that time, a small volunteer staff supported the entire program, from initial homebuyer applications and mortgage processing to seeking funding. In 1988, the first two Habitat homes providing a safe and affordable place for the first two Habitat families in St. Louis were completed.

 

By the time of their 25th anniversary in 2011, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis had completed over 300 homes in St. Louis City and County. Some of the neighborhoods in which Habitat has built or remodeled houses include: Mark Twain, JeffVanderLou, Walnut Park, Old North St. Louis, The Ville, College Hill, Hamilton Heights, Forest Park Southeast, Hillsdale, Florissant, Wellston, and Meacham Park.

 

Habitat is more than just building homes. Habitat for Humanity in St. Louis has four major programs which include:

Build/Remodel Houses

Through volunteer labor, management expertise, and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis builds homes with the help of the homeowners who contribute a minimum of 350 hours through their sweat equity commitment. Houses are then sold at no profit to partner families.

Neighborhood Revitalizer

Habitat for Humanity believes homeownership is a cornerstone of successful families and communities. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis often sets the stage for further development. It is not uncommon for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis to be the "trailblazer" in an area. Success is also measured when our homes appraise for values that benefit the property owners around the area

Recycler

In 1997, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis became the first affiliate within the Heartland Region to open a Habitat ReStore retail facility. The ReStore's mission is to recycle overstocked, seconds, used, discontinued, and salvageable building materials donated by contractors, retail entities, and individuals. Those items are then sold to the general public with the proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis's homeownership program. ReStore customers are able to tackle residential projects at an affordable price and benefit the environment as well, since many of the donated items would otherwise end up in landfills. A second ReStore location opened in 2013.

Family Support Services

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis's goal is to "provide families a hand up, not a hand out." In preparing partner families for homeownership, Habitat for Humanity provides classes and workshops. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis offers continuous support to families, assisting with many issues ranging from daycare concerns to career enhancement. The overall goal in the family support program is to give partner families ample preparation for home ownership, connect families with neighborhoods, and build better communities.

 

Each year, over 5,000 volunteers give their time on the build site or ReStore, filling more than 11,000 volunteer opportunities, not counting the priceless work that is done by our many volunteer committees. Due to the hard work of these volunteers and the support of the St. Louis community, over 345 St. Louis families now have a safe and affordable place to call home.

For more information visit the St. Louis Habitat for Humanity website at www.habitatstl.org/

or the international Habitat for Humanity website at www.habitat.org