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360 Church is a Covenant Church with Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.  In doing so we pledge to pray for the ministry of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, spread the word about their missions through the community, encourage our members to serve on Habitat committees or volunteer in various capacities, encourage our congregation to support Habitat through other fundraisers or designated offerings, and to help identify potential Habitat Homeowners both inside and outside of the congregation.

Habitat for Humanity's mission is Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.  Their Principles are to:

  • Demonstrate the Love of Jesus Christ: We want our work to put the love and teachings of Jesus into action. We believe that through faith, we can accomplish anything.
  • Focus on Shelter: To show God’s love, we want to create opportunities for all people to live in a decent and sturdy shelter.
  • Advocate for Affordable Housing: Habitat doesn’t just build housing for those in the United States. We support the global community’s belief that housing is a basic human right.
  • Promote Dignity and Hope: No one lives in dignity until everyone can. Everyone has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities of affordable housing.
  • Support Sustainable and Transformational Development: We succeed when our work transforms lives and promotes positive and perpetual social, economic and spiritual change.

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity builds safe, affordable and quality homes with people in need in Douglas and Jefferson Counties.  Habitat for Humanity houses around the world are built according to the same guiding principles:

  • Simple – Habitat houses are modestly sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent – Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable – The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-interest loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has started their 82nd home, but need help to finish fundraising!

Along with their regular "builds" Habitat for Humanity also has specific builds: "Building on Faith" and "Women Build." Approximately every two years, Lawrence Habitat’s Covenant Churches join together to fund and construct a Building on Faith house.  Fundraising for the next Faith House is currently in progress and the home is scheduled to be built in 2013.  The Women Build program helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes by recruiting women and girls. Women represent a tremendous volunteer pool. Women Build houses provide an opportunity for women to learn construction skills while working on construction crews composed predominantly of women.  In Lawrence, the Women Build program has sponsored five homes on their own and co-sponsored one home with Building on Faith.

There are also opportunities for youth involvement.  Youth under the age of 16 are not allowed to work on the build sites, however there are ways they can help.  Youth are able to help with fundraising, lunch at build sites, paint doors and windows off site, help clean the newest house before the dedication, help landscape the newest house, help in the office with administrative tasks. 

Lawrence also has a ReStore which accepts and resells quality new and used building materials, furniture, and appliances to generate funds to support families in need.  The ReStore diverts large amount of reusable materianls from the landfill and provides materials to the public at prices generally 50% off the retail price.