Habitat House #7

The groundbreaking for Grace's 7th house built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity took place on Sunday, June 11 and workdays began a couple of weeks later. The walls and roof were up very quickly and workdays continued on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

A "painting party" was held on August 28, at which Habitat Executive Director Robb Owens served his award winning Gainesville style BBQ for lunch! Work wrapped up in September and the home was officially dedicated on December 19.

Grace Church contributed $10,000 towards the cost of the home, through the "Bare Hands, Big Heart" fundraising effort. The house was built in partnership with First Baptist, First Methodist, and First Presbyterian churches.

Fundraising: Bare Hands, Big Heart

Grace’s 2010 Habitat for Humanity homebuilding efforts were titled:  Bare Hands, Big Heart : It takes hands to build a house; it takes heart to build a home. Parishioners were asked for their support in volunteering to assist with the hands-on labor of building the home and the generosity of their hearts in contributing to the construction cost. The fundraising was based on the cost of materials that were used for the home. A partial list of items you might find at the building site include:

  • Paintbrush - $5.00
  • Can of Paint - $20.00
  • Bundle of Shingles - $40.00
  • Interior Door - $60.00
  • Kitchen Sink - $100.00
  • Window - $150.00
  • Exterior Door - $200.00

To contribute, parishioners completed a donation form for the specific items they would like to “purchase” for the home.

The mission of Habitat includes “…the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.” Over the years our congregation has unconditionally stepped forward in their spiritual journey to make those words come true for families in need.