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Our Beginnings with Habitat for Humanity

Prince of Peace has a long history with Habitat for Humanity.  Pastor Gregg Kaufman took high school youth to a Trenton Habitat site every day for a week in the summer during the 1990s. Then in 2000, the Luther’s Hammer project was started from POP. This brought together the Lutheran churches in the Mercer Cluster to pay for and build one home!  It was a great cooperative project.

In 2006, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans began the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program.  Prince of Peace'r John Reyes was asked to be the Chapter Specialist as the Mercer Lutheran churches again pooled their resources to build a home. John was already a regular Saturday volunteer down at the Habitat work sites!  Joan New got involved in the communications aspect and many POPers have come down to lend their hands at building the homes.  Our youth and some Cub scouts have sometimes provided lunch on a POP work day!  2008 marks the third home completed under the Thrivent Builds program in Trenton.                                                                               by Joan New

In 2006 we embarked on our first project - the house
on the left in this picture.
The pictures that follow show Prince of Peace members involved in various stages of our 3 homes - from 2006 through 2008. Note a history of Habitat for Humanity at the bottom of this page.
Getting Organized
Measuring Sheet Rock
Help from a future owner
Taping wall boards
Our 2007 Home with Thrivent Builds - one in a row of 5 houses  

Squaring edges
Corner moldings

Next part of the job

In 2008

The far left unit of this row of 5 homes is the Thrivent 2008 home.  Porches were built.

Our congregation also have collected money and new items towards a ‘Kitchen’ housewarming basket when the new owners move in!


The porch awaiting completion
Sheet Rock installation is never ending!

The Beginnings of Habitat for Humanity International

The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus, Ga., by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.

In 1965 Millard and Linda Fuller visited Koinonia as they had just retired from a successful business career to begin a new life of Christian service. It was at Koinonia that they developed the concept of "partnership housing," where those in need of adequate shelter would work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.

In 1973, the Fullers decided to apply this concept in developing countries and moved to what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their goal was to offer affordable yet adequate shelter to 2,000 people. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, the Fullers returned to the United States.

Habitat for Humanity International

On their return, in September 1976 Millard and Linda Fuller called together a group of supporters and at this meeting their concept of Habitat for Humanity International was born.

In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat's ministry brought the organization considerable recognition, and Habitat for Humanity grew. At President Carter's invitation, 28 heads of state and heads of government from 26 nations supported construction in 43 countries met on Aug 5-11, 2001 to begin a worldwide building event during which houses were constructed throughout the Habitat network. The work has continued ever since.


By 2008, Habitat for Humanity has built nearly 300,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide, and thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Along with many other churches and community organizations, Prince of Peace Church has been proud to reach out to support this wonderful organization which provides decent housing for all.

"In fiscal year 2012, Habitat for Humanity served a record 94,618 families worldwide through construction, rehabilitation and repairs. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has helped more than 600,000 families break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives. Long-term, generational change begins with a decent home."                               (from the Habitat for Humanity Website)


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