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“As you do for the least of these…”Matthew 25:45
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Housing Initiative Exploring Transitional Housing on FCC Property

The Housing Initiative Leadership Team invites the congregation into a process of Spirit-led discernment regarding the placement of two small modular homes on our church property, for families with children. The homes, owned by St. Vincent de Paul, would be managed by SVDP’s Connections Transitional Housing Program.  Connections qualifies and coaches families from homelessness to permanent housing over a two-year period.  FCC would provide utilities and a surface upon which to place the homes in keeping with city codes. In addition to SVDP’s wrap-around services, a cadre of FCC volunteers would provide social connection for the resident families. While FCC has long advocated solutions to homelessness, this will be the first time we have considered on-site, on-going housing. Your participation throughout this process, as we learn together and share our honest reflections, questions and concerns, is critical as we seek God’s will of love and justice for our church family and the abundant human, natural and financial resources that we steward.

For more information or to get more involved in this HI ministries, contact any member of the Housing Initiative Leadership Team: Pastor Melanie, Pastor Janet, John Hudspeth, David Hazen, Brenda Kame’enui, Jenny Allen, Babs Sullivan, Judy Fowler, Jean Stover, Cindy Conley, Don Gall, Jim Weston, Pete Peterson

Handouts:

Update at the Congregational Meeting June 2017

Transitional Housing Handout for May 28

Housing Initiative Project Discernment Process – May 28

Frequently Asked Questions for proposed FCC Transitional Housing – version 3

FCC site map for original Conditional Use Permit with proposed placement of homes

St. Vincent de Paul’s Connection Program

St. Vincent de Paul’s modular home floor plan & photo

HOUSING INITIATIVE

Continuing to help care for the Station 7 backyard

teen and adult caring for the Station 7 gardenStation 7 teen watering the gardenOur Housing Initiative team continues to organize small groups to assist with maintaining the Station 7 backyard.  Weeding, planting and trimming bushes to make the space inviting and providing gardening opportunities to the teens who use it.

Landscaping beautifies Looking Glass’s Station 7

photo of Looking Glass's Station 7 completed backyard project

AFTER – A BEAUTIFUL, USEFUL YARD

Station 7 is a Looking Glass residence for homeless and other at-risk youth.  The Housing Initiative committee took on the Station 7 back yard on 6th Avenue, with a desire to make it a welcome respite for young people.   Bill Flinn created the design to launch our project.

It is amazing what your Housing Initiative funds can produce with the addition of a little hard physical labor!

photo of Station 7 backyard before project begins

BEFORE – VIEW TOWARDS ALLEY AND BARN

In November, Deven Holmgren led the group of 18 multi-generational FCC volunteers, including many youth, who dug out seedlings, aggressively pruned the apple tree and bushes surrounding the yard, tore down a deteriorated wood playhouse and prepared the ground for pavers to extend the patio.  Those of us gathered created a pile of debris the size of a small garage!

photo of Brenda compacting debris bin at Station 7Jim Weston arranged all contractors and managed the large follow-up project.  Lane Apex promised to pick up our yard waste for $200, but when they saw the enormous pile of limbs, lumber and debris, they asked for assistance.  Babs Sullivan, John Hudspeth, Jim Weston, and Brenda Kame’enui, with the kind assistance of Apex employee Shahalie, cut branches to fit into a dumpster.  Tucked between their normal routes, Apex driver Joseph, emptied seven dumpster bins that day!  FCC just received the bill, and what did Apex charge?…$200, as promised!  Thank you Apex for donating your time, trucks, and personnel to this important project to support our homeless youth.

After our big work party, Jim Weston repaired the patio, Oregon Fencing rebuilt the chain-link fence and installed a gate on the alley.  Harvey and Price donated time and materials to plumb irrigation valves.  Rexius installed an underground sprinkler system, as well as gravel, bark and sod, much of it gratis.  What a turn-around for the overgrown, messy backyard, and what a beautiful community project!

When better weather prevails, Builders Electric will install the electricity for the sprinkler system, and our team will do additional pruning and planting, lay pavers, and repair the awning.

Do you want to know how you can get involved in the life affirming work of the HI?  Do you have ideas, gifts, passion you would like to share?  Would you like to serve on the Leadership Team for the HI?  Contact Pastor Melanie (melanieo@fcceugene.org).

We continue to accept donations, as there are ongoing housing projects where our participation matters.

Contributions can be given at any time towards the Housing Initiative projects. Please include the words “Housing Initiative” on the memo line of your contribution.

Links:

Housing Project Updates Slide Show from 2-7-16

List of Eugene Social Services

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat Build ~ Volunteer Information

We continue our prayerful connection to Habitat for Humanity, and periodically are asked to activate our volunteers to help an ongoing build project.  If you want to be on the list of volunteers, please contact Babs Sullivan, sullivan.babs@gmail.com

If you plan to volunteer on the build site as an individual (not on an FCC team day), then the video below “Habitat for Humanity Build Volunteer Orientation” is required viewing or attending a volunteer orientation for which the dates are on their website. Please also register as a Habitat volunteer here https://sehabitat.volunteermatrix.com/

Future homeowners needed

Habitat for Humanity is asking for our help. They are looking for families to partner with Habitat with the goal of owning their own home. If you know someone who might be interested, they encourage anyone to fill out an application and begin the process toward home ownership. A telephone call to the Habitat office is the first step in this direction ~ 541-741-1707. Thank you for your help!

Questions, call or email Babs Sullivan at 541-345-4197 or sullivan.babs@gmail.com .

 

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