Oak Hills Church is partnering with Habitat for Humanity! You can VOLUNTEER, GIVE, and PRAY!
Did you know that one of our city’s greatest needs is in the area of affordable housing? An estimated 153,000 families in San Antonio have an unmet housing need, including 71,000 children living in overcrowded housing. Housing costs in San Antonio are at an all-time high, making it difficult for families to make ends meet.
Jesus calls us to love and serve our neighbors in need, saying in Matthew 25 that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
At Oak Hills Church, we’ve decided to do something about it. We’ll start by partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help provide a long-term housing solution to families in need. This fall, we’ll build our first new home for a designated family, and we’re asking you to take part.
You can help in three different ways:
1. Volunteer to build
2. Give towards this and future homes
3. Pray for the project and the family
Oak Hills volunteers are needed over nine consecutive Saturdays from September 22 through November 17 (pick one or multiple weekends to volunteer, you do not have to commit to every weekend). Each Saturday, approximately 30 construction volunteers will work under the direction of Habitat’s building coordinator to build this home. Anyone age 14 and above is eligible to work on the construction site, and you don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to serve. In addition, people of all ages are needed to prepare and serve lunch on site. This is a great way for families, neighbors and small groups to serve together. Click HERE to sign up!
You can also respond by giving to cover the cost of this and future homes that Oak Hills Church will sponsor. Each new home costs $57,000. 100% of your gifts will go towards construction costs. Click HERE to give! (Select your campus, enter your dollar amount, select one time gift, select fund: Habitat for Humanity)
We invite you to pray for the project. Click HERE to download and print the weekly prayer guide to join us in covering the project in prayer. You can also pray for the specific family who will receive their new home. Fabian and Chantal Rameriz Avella are proud parents of Bernarda who is 5 years old and Isaias who is 3. They are very excited to finally have a permanent, safe and affordable home for their family. They are looking forward to starting on their house and learning how to take care of it inside and out through all of the Home Owner Readiness Classes.
Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is an ecumenical Christian non-profit organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build modest, decent and affordable homes without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God’s love in action. Habitat for Humanity does a great job of linking qualified, low-income families with new homes. Their rigorous application process includes training on home maintenance, budgeting, life skills and other issues - ensures that families are prepared to take on the responsibility of home ownership. Habitat homeowners contribute at least 300 hours of “sweat equity” towards their home and they also pay an affordable monthly mortgage payment (at zero percent interest), which covers insurance, taxes and helps fund future Habitat homes.
Watch this video to experience how a new Habitat home impacts a family. To learn more, please check out their web page.
For more information about the Oak Hills Church Habitat for Humanity project, please email OHC Local Outreach Minister Dean Mathis.