St. George’s United Church in Courtenay chose Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North as their community partner for 2018. The church and its congregation then spent the year raising money and awareness for our 10-unit affordable housing project on Lake Trail Road. Their engagement has been both through monetary donations and food for our volunteers. Their total contribution is over $10,000! We are grateful and humbled by the amazing support we received from their congregation throughout the year.
St. George’s Sonshine Lunch Program, which provides meals for those in need, donated sandwiches and other goodies to feed our build volunteers. With an average of 20 sandwiches weekly, multiplied by about 45 weeks of commitment … that’s a lot of dough! 900+ sandwiches to be extract! With an estimate value of $3.00 per sandwich, this represents a potential cost savings to Habitat of over $2,700. Throw in a few dozen cakes, lots of cookies and other sweet treats and we can easily round that up to $3,000.
Members of their congregation also created a Women Build team called ‘The Dragon Ladies’. They held a garage sale to raise money and also donated $5 for every person that signed up to receive their e-newsletter. All funds raised were matched by their Community Outreach Committee, resulting in a donation of $4,674.80.
They donated proceeds from their Christmas Eve Service to Habitat, which amounted to $2,425.85.
The church has shown spiritual support with Reverend Ryan Slifka and Reverend Ingrid Brown blessing us with their presences at special events throughout the year. They offered prayers at our Groundbreaking Ceremony, our salute to 19 Wing CFB Comox ‘Air Force Top Cover Team’, and the Home Dedication held on December 14th.
“Supporting Habitat was an obvious choice for us,” says Reverend Slifka. “Jesus once said that ‘foxes have holes, birds have nests,’ but he had ‘nowhere to lay his head.’ Habitat provides the opportunity for families who would not normally have it to find a place not just to ‘lay their heads,’ but to also raise children, build community, and rest without worry of where to go to next. We thank God for Habitat and are deeply honoured to play even a small role in their amazing work.”