“While the primary focus of our work takes us to other countries,” said Dr. Tim Hill, director of World Missions, “we cannot overlook the dedicated and productive efforts to provide shelter right here at home. With this gift, we are happy to encourage Habitat’s continuing, valuable contributions to our community.”
An initiative being promoted by World Missions called Marcelly’s Dream solicits donations for the quadruple goals of Word, Water, Walls and Wellness. Under this rubric, World Missions is engaged in distributing Bibles, supplying safe water, building housing and funding health initiatives.
The Habitat gift gives local expression to the “Walls” emphasis, Hill stressed.
Matt Carlson, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, was on hand to accept the World Missions donation on behalf of the 501(c)(3) organization which last year constructed its 100th home. The local Habitat organizationwas chartered in 1990 and will soon observe its 25th anniversary in Cleveland.
Currently, Habitat for Humanity — and a communitywide collection of volunteers and corporate, school, church and business partners — are constructing new homes in three exclusive Habitat for Humanity subdivisions. These are Century Village, located on 20th Street adjacent to Blythe-Bower Elementary School; Victory Cove subdivision, located in south Cleveland on Victory Drive; and Southgate Hills subdivision, located off South Lee Highway.
In accepting the World Missions donation, Carlson said the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate is enthused over the continuing growth of its volunteer, donor and partner base. The Habitat leader often points to the role of the community in the organization’s work.
“Habitat for Humanity cannot operate without volunteers,” Carlson said. “This is true individually and organizationally.”
He thanked Church of God World Missions for its continuing support of the Habitat affiliate and said he is proud that the nonprofit can contribute to World Mission’s goals of “Word, Water, Walls and Wellness.”