“In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it… In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ.”– Pope Francis
This year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh will rehabilitate a Penn Hills home in honor of Pope Francis, in recognition of his inspirational leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. Major funding for the house has been made possible through a generous $60,000 challenge grant by an anonymous donor. The Pope Francis House donor seeks to inspire the Pittsburgh community to raise at least $40,000 to support this special home rehabilitation.
The purpose of the Pope Francis House is threefold:
1) To honor Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church
2) To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work together toward a common goal (as Pope Francis says, “Work confers dignity.”); and
3) To further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes.
The Pope Francis House rehabilitation, located at 226 Bart Drive in Penn Hills, will begin in September of 2015. The future owner of this home is Tamika Duck, a single mother of two young children. Please click here to learn more about this very special partner family.
We ask for you to be a part of this special build through your financial support or your time on the build site as a volunteer. We also ask you to lift up your prayers for the Pope Francis House and the family that will call this house their home as we all join together to put God’s love in to action building homes, communities, and hope. Pray with us the special prayer for The Pope Francis House by clicking on the "Pray" button on the right sidebar of this page.
Please note that volunteer opportunities on the construction site are open to those 16 years old or older- no exceptions. For additional information on this build, including questions about group volunteer opportunities, fundraising for The Pope Francis House in your church, school, or organization, and special events related to The Pope Francis House, contact Derek Kendall-Morris, Community Engagement Manager, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 412-351-0512, ext 14.