With hammers and nails, ladders and levels, volunteers from five Catholic parishes in metropolitan Detroit came together August 15–22, 2015, to erect a new home for a family in need. Called Pope Francis House, the home, located on Buckingham Drive in Detroit’s MorningSide community, is part of Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s 2015 “Blitz Build.”
Tara Franey, interim executive director of Habitat for Humanity Detroit, explained that the project was funded by an anonymous donor who contributed $60,000 toward the cost of materials. The donor challenged Habitat for Humanity to raise an additional $20,000, and many Catholic parishes and schools helped out with the fundraising. A number of parishes ran ads in their weekly bulletins, asking for financial contributions.
On the morning of Aug. 15, before construction began, Fr. Tim McCabe celebrated Mass for the crew of volunteers and professionals. Father McCabe, a newly ordained Jesuit, serves Detroit’s least-advantaged citizens as associate pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul (Jesuit) Church near downtown and as director of the church’s Warming Center for the homeless.
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