The Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Partnership is helping give families in our community the benefits of home ownership.
Flower City Habitat for Humanity CEO & President Matt Flanigan, Habitat home buyer Kareny Morales, and Habitat Interfaith Partnership founder Dianne Brown discussed the program Tuesday on News 8 at Sunrise.
Brown said the Habitat Interfaith Partnership, or HIP, started in 2001. “It started with the First Presbyterian Church and Saint Louis Catholic Church sitting down together and deciding that they would like to do to something special with Habitat,” she said. “We decided to do it interfaith. At first, we had all Christian churches. Then we said, we’d like to expand it. We invited the Islamic Center and one of the Jewish temples. From there we have expanded. It’s just a wonderful, wonderful thing that we all do together – Christians, Muslims and Jews side by side. We really have a great time building together.”
Morales’ home in Rochester’s JOSANA Neighborhood is the sixth build through the partnership. “It was a wonderful experience,” said Morales. “I thank everyone, and I still thank them. I never thought that I’d be able to own a home for me and my son. My son being two, he likes it. From the first day he walked in – Mommy, nice, Mommy nice! It was a wonderful experience, and I suggest many people should try it.”
Flanigan said Flower City Habitat for Humanity is always looking for partners to collaborate on home builds. “As we say, ‘we build walls that matter; we build walls that love.’ It’s just wonderful to be a part of that. I’m honored to be a part of that. Like Kareny says, I hope more folks will come out and join us, either build or look to buy a house with us.”
To learn more about Flower City Habitat for Humanity, and the Habitat Interfaith Partnership, click here.