A place to call home
Oxygen. Food. Water. Shelter. These are the basic needs that sustain human life. Safe, affordable housing for people in need is a consistent St. Paul priority. Sturdy walls, shingles, and supportive services are tangible signs of God’s immense, protective presence.
Habitat for Humanity: Strap on a tool belt and help build simple, decent houses through this ecumenical ministry. Volunteers work alongside families who dream of owning a home. The Quad-Cities Habitat chapter has built nearly 100 homes, including those constructed with St. Paul funding and labor.
2025 Main Street house: A large brick house is home for men with long-term mental illness. Here on the St. Paul campus, residents live independently, with supportive services provided through Vera French Housing.
Next trip: The October 1-8, 2016, trip is full. Watch for more information about future trips.
St. Paul mission teams travel to rural Appalachia to make homes safer, warmer, and drier for low-income families. The church’s partnership with Appalachia Service Project (ASP) translates into twice-a-year serving experiences for adults and teenagers.
In Appalachia, poverty is more than double the national average. Jobs are few and far between in these mountains. Homes are crumbling. Walls buckle. Roofs leak. Sagging floors pose hazards to the elderly and the very young.
Each spring and fall, St. Paul volunteers travel to one of ASP’s lodging sites in rural central Appalachia. The trip expense and travel distance are reasonable. St. Paul offerings underwrite some of the cost, making a meaningful mission experience possible for a wide range of people.
And in the serving, something quite amazing happens. Real people practice faith. They give and receive. Friendships are forged. Hearts are transformed.
Housing: Pastor Katy Warren