Faith Congregations Sought for Interfaith Build with Habitat for Humanity

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By Eileen Oaks Molter—

Muncie, IN —During this challenging and unprecedented time, Muncie Habitat for Humanity is working together with the Muncie community to build homes, unity, and hope.

Muncie Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build is an opportunity for all faith groups to come together as one, united for one common cause – HUMANITY. The Interfaith Build program is bringing together congregations and communities from a variety of traditions to volunteer, side-by-side, to build affordable homes for families in Muncie, IN. It will be a time of celebrating tolerance, cooperation, and love for one’s neighbor.

The 2021 Faith Build is slated for this summer during the month of June and July.  Volunteer crews will work in groups of 10 on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. Additional opportunities for contributing to this build, such as providing volunteer lunches and sponsoring funds for tools and volunteer hospitality materials are available as well.

Muncie Habitat for Humanity is holding an informational meeting on Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.  Please attend this meeting to learn more about being involved with the 2021 Faith Build.  Anyone is welcome to attend.   For more information about Interfaith Build or to attend the informational meeting, contact Kristin Freehill, Volunteer Coordinator, at 765-286-5739 ext. 205 or

Habitat for Humanity provides families with a hand-up, not a hand-out.  Partner Families work long hours of sweat equity, pay a down payment and then repay a no-profit mortgage.  A Partner Family and building site have been selected for this build.  The home that Partner Family, Sweeter, will purchase with an affordable, interest-free mortgage from Habitat for Humanity will be constructed in the Southside neighborhood.

Sweeter and her two children, daughter Jay’onna (15) and son Brandon (7) are working alongside Muncie Habitat to realize their dream of homeownership. “I have lived in Muncie all my life,” Sweeter explained. “I heard good things about Habitat, and I’ve seen their good work. I am ready to be a homeowner! It’s a new experience for me and I’m ready to put in the work to get it because it will be well worth it. I’m excited for me and my family. I’m trying to set an example for my kids and accomplish this goal so they’ll know that they can accomplish goals in their lives. A foundation and a home is just so important.”

Muncie Habitat for Humanity will mark its 35th anniversary in 2021.  The organization was formed in 1986 to serve families in Delaware County with housing and homeownership opportunities.  Muncie Habitat – in partnership with thousands of volunteers and donors – has served more than 250 families.  Muncie Habitat for Humanity provides housing solutions through construction of new homes with sustainable building practices, rehabilitation of vacant and foreclosed homes, and through repair of existing homes. Please join us in celebrating this milestone year by participating in our 2021 Interfaith Build.