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Habitat for Humanity – Loaves and Fishes

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The homeowners from the 2012 Loaves and Fishes house, putting in some sweat equity.

The Loaves and Fishes Committee is First Plymouth’s outreach link to Habitat for Humanity of Denver, through the Loaves and Fishes coalition of twelve churches in the Denver metro area. Together we have built eighteen houses since the coalition was organized in 1998.

Our 2017 house will be built in partnership with Francisco and Lisa. They have five children ranging in age from 7 to 17 (and they are trying to keep their new home a secret and a surprise for their family!). The selection process is very rigorous, and they are excited to have been chosen for a Habitat home. Francisco and Lisa will each spend at least 200 hours working on their house or helping out with some of the other Sheridan Square builds.

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Its work is funded by coalitions like Loaves & Fishes, which depend on your contributions to continue building our homes. It also receives some federal and state funding and uses the mortgage payments from Habitat families (yes, they have mortgage payments proportional to their income) to build even more homes for motivated and deserving families. We also rely on volunteers to help construct the homes. There is always something for everyone to do, no matter your skill level. There is a dreadful shortage of affordable housing in the Denver area, and you can become part of the solution to this problem through your financial and time commitments.

To donate to Loaves & Fishes, please make your check payable to “First Plymouth Congregational Church” and mark it for “Loaves & Fishes” in the memo line. To volunteer to help with the 2017 house, go to the Loaves and Fishes website.

Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. And remember, Habitat is a “hand up, not a hand-out.”

The Loaves & Fishes Committee: Carole Westphal, Stan Harwood, Bruce Thumm, Nancy Joe Shaw, Paul Erickson, Kit Cowperthwaite, and Nancy Fischer