Pope Francis inspires $60,000 donation to help build Habitat for Humanity home in Ft. Collins

FORT COLLINS – Inspired by the deeds of Pope Francis, an anonymous donor has donated $60,000 towards a new home that will be built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

The donor has challenged the community to contribute toward the remaining $40,000 needed to buy the “bricks and sticks” for the home, according to a Habitat for Humanity news release.  Community members are also encouraged to volunteer and achieve a true community partnership in the construction.

Building is scheduled from August through December and 300 – 400 volunteers will be needed. All faiths are welcome to contribute to the build.

A ground blessing ceremony kicking off the build will be held on Friday, July 3rd, 8:30 a.m. at 6602 Avondale Road, Fort Collins, 80525 in Ridgewood Hills Neighborhood. Those interested in getting involved and/or volunteering are encouraged to attend.  For more information contact Raquel Martinez at (970) 488-2610 or RMartinez@FortCollinsHabitat.org.

The Toomey family will partner in building the Pope Francis-inspired home. “You have to work hard for the things you want out of life,” said a representative of the Toomey family. “Never give up on your hopes and dreams but work every day to achieve them!”

Habitat for Humanity outlined three goals for the building of this house:

  • To honor Pope Francis’s commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church
  • To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work together towards a common goal. The release noted, “As Pope Francis says, ‘Work confers dignity'”.
  • To further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes

Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Fort Collins area and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Learn more at www.FortCollinsHabitat.org.

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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