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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

A New Proposal:  The Housing Initiative Leadership Team has been hard at work in recent months developing a proposal to expand opportunities for family housing in our community. During the months of April and May, the Housing Initiative will sponsor educational sessions and “table talk” discussions to inform the congregation and solicit feedback on a proposal to site two self-contained transitional housing units on FCC property. The houses will be part of St. Vincent de Paul’s Connections Transitional Housing Program. The schedule of programming during the 11 o’clock hour follows:

April 2 – Introducing the idea of family housing on FCC property. The FAQ’s: What’s the vision? Why? Where would it be? What does it look like? How much will it cost? When would it launch? Who are our partners? Please come hear the Housing Initiative Leadership Team talk about this exciting proposal!

April 9 – The SVDP Connections Program. Details of the home installation and case management–liabilities and contingencies. Hear a family’s story of success.

April 23 – Multiple Impacts of Homelessness. Panel Q & A with the 4J school liaison, homeless students, a teacher, a student and staff of First Place Family Center.

April 30 – “What does love require of us?” The implications and opportunities of having an on-site housing program. Other churches have developed congregational-based housing models. What can we learn from them? How do we engage our larger community in such an endeavor? How might we prepare as a church? How do we prepare our hearts and minds for “Connections?”

May:  Congregation “Table Talks” to provide feedback. Details to follow!

HOUSING INITIATIVE

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

All volunteers who plan to work at the site for our FCC Habitat Build need to have filled out a Waiver of Liability form and an Emergency Contact form. Please complete both forms and turn them in at the build site. If you need either of these forms, 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. 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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