Dallas church makes 10-year commitment to Habitat
2/18/2003 News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn
By United Methodist News Service*Highland
Park United Methodist Church in Dallas has made a $5 million, 10-year
commitment to sponsor 100 Habitat for Humanity homes. The church is also
sponsoring the first completed Habitat house in war-torn Afghanistan.
for Humanity International began exploring emergency shelter needs and
opportunities for Habitat home building in Afghanistan in February 2002.
The result was an initiative in Northern Afghanistan that has since
borne fruit in Salbarun Village in the Balhk Province, about two hours'
travel time from Mazar-e-Sharif.
Highland Park financed
construction of a home there and contributed partial funding for four
more. Habitat's international arm has been working since July with
villagers to build 33 homes, renovate four houses and repair 162 more,
bringing all the village's housing to local standards.
church is also the leading sponsor of Habitat homes in Dallas. Its
100-house pledge is the largest faith commitment made to Habitat for
Humanity International's More Than Houses campaign, said Diane Wolfe of
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. The campaign aims to bring to 200,000
the number of Habitat homes worldwide by the end of 2005.
ongoing involvement of Southern Methodist University with Habitat
compelled the church to underwrite its 25th house, which is being
constructed on the campus of the United Methodist-related school Feb. 15
through March 1. The house will be the 300th for the area Habitat and
will be relocated within Dallas when completed. The university has built
three homes in the city, and its students, faculty and staff have
worked on Habitat projects in a variety of ways.
the 300th house is an important milestone," said SMU President R.
Gerald Turner. "Building it at SMU will help raise awareness of
Habitat's contributions to the community and SMU's long-term support of
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*Information for this story was provided by
Jenni Smith of media relations at Southern Methodist University and
Diane Wolfe of Habitat for Humanity.
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