On Saturday, May 17, 2015, Habitat for Humanity will start the constructing of a new house at 457 Busti Avenue in honor of Pope Francis. An anonymous donor has stepped up to donate $60,000 towards the project. The donation came along with a $40,000 challenge amount that was met by the community.
Since 1985 Habitat for Humanity (H4) has constructed 265 houses in Buffalo, in order to help accommodate the needs of the low-income community. As of late, the H4H presence on the West Side have been very strong (see here).
According to H4H, the purpose behind this latest house is threefold:
- To honor Pope Francis and his commitment to social justice & reinvigorating the Catholic Church;
- To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work together towards a common goal (as Pope Francis says, “Work confers dignity.”); and
- To further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes
The community is invited to the groundbreaking of 457 Busti Avenue this Saturday. Timbers will be blessed and signed, and additional donations will be accepted.