Finding Common Ground: A Letter from Our CEO

On the morning of Friday, June 19th a young man pulled up in his car to one of our homes under construction in Hillside Morningside. He spoke with our volunteer coordinator and several of our Cornerstone construction leaders. With tears in his eyes, he shared how important Habitat was to him and the neighborhood and that he was blessed to see the changes being made. He departed with a “Happy Juneteenth”.

So, in these times of lockdown and social tension, we had a young Black man from the neighborhood speaking to a young, Latina woman, a Black woman, and several older White men. The result – harmony and gratitude. And God smiled!

Bringing People Together - Trinity Habitat for HumanityDespite our differences, we can all come together on a Habitat worksite to build together, get to know each other, and love thy neighbor.

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, developed the concept of the Theology of the Hammer. It states that we disagree with each other on many topics, but we all agree that everyone deserves a decent place to live. In the New Testament, our Lord tells us to love him and our neighbor. Look what happens when we build homes to love our neighbor!

“The Theology of the Hammer is about bringing a wide diversity of people, churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations together to build and renovate houses and establish viable, dynamic communities. It acknowledges that our political, philosophical, and theological differences exist, but we can all find common ground using the hammer as an instrument of God’s Love.” -Millard Fuller, Founder, Habitat for Humanity

I don’t think it’s a mistake that Jesus was a carpenter. There is special power in a home. Volunteering to build Habitat homes creates new relationships which can overcome differences and unite. Once built, it is both a sanctuary in these times of sheltering at home and a launching pad for Habitat families.

Habitat is Building Back from more than COVID-19! Racism and other beliefs that divide are viruses too. The reality is that our country and this community need more good people doing good works. It is not enough to simply not do bad. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Join Habitat! Build more than a home!

Stay safe and BuildStrong my friends! 

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Gage Yager
CEO, Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Hillside Morningside HomeSince 2015, 82 new Habitat homes have been built in Hillside Morningside and 21 homes have been rehabbed.

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