Putting their faith into action, seven local churches are offering funding to buy materials and sending volunteers to build a home with Mac and Olivia Smiley, Rockbridge Habitat’s newest partner family.
The participating Faith Build 2017 churches are: Bethesda Presbyterian Church and McElwee Chapel, Collierstown Presbyterian Church, Grace Presbyterian Church, Lexington Presbyterian Church, Manly Memorial Baptist Church, Rockbridge Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church.
The build started August 24 with a Faith Build Commencement. After lunch and a brief blessing ceremony, pastors from the churches and nearby Life Chapel built and raised the first wall frames on the house. Now the roof is up and Construction Supervisor Leo Decanini expects the house will be complete by the end of December.
The seven congregations have pledged and contributed $53,000 toward the $70,000 cost of building materials, but church members are not the only folks who may support this home.
If you’d like to give a contribution toward our goal, send your gift to Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity, 30 E. Preston St., Lexington, VA 24450, or donate.
To volunteer on this or future habitat homes, contact Leo Decanini, 540-463-3770.
To learn more about the Smileys, check out the video created by Rockbridge Church at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOYE6LOJzsI.