Plymouth Church Builds Habitat Home
One statistic estimates 10,000 people in Minnesota face housing insecurity. One Plymouth church is helping a family have a home. Olivet Lutheran Church has been working with Habitat for Humanity for more than 10 years. Each year they help build a home, it’s in a different part of Minneapolis and it’s metro area.
“This year we are in Minneapolis,” says Joel Bergeland, Associate Pastor Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth. “Last year we built in Maple Grove and the year before in Blaine. I think what you see is the need for affordable housing is everywhere around the metro. That’s good for our people to know. This isn’t just an inner city thing. This is a problem that people are facing out in Plymouth and in the northwestern suburbs as well.”
According to a report from mnhomeless.org, last year homelessness was up 10 percent from 2015. The church hopes they can help rewrite the narrative about the issues surrounding those who are homeless.
“Some of our neighbors are hungry. A lot of our neighbors are paying over 30% of their income for housing,” added Joel. “Seniors on a fixed income are also a group of people affected by this. We really need to tell a new story of who we are as community. The more people that we can talk to and make relationships with who are facing some of these issues firsthand the more responsive we are going to be as a church.”
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