Multifaith Group Raises Habitat for Humanity Home

April 27, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

On April 27, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "during the past two days, more than 30 Charlotteans from diverse faiths hung windows and rolled out roofing paper for a new Habitat for Humanity home... And they began laying the foundation for what they hope will be something bigger: a deeper understanding of people from all religious backgrounds... The home, now taking shape in northwest Charlotte's Lakewood community, is the first to be built as a joint project by volunteers from 20 diverse Charlotte congregations, including Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Baha'i... The terrorist attacks of 9/11 helped give birth to the project... Fred Griffith, a real estate developer who serves on the board of Mecklenburg Ministries and is also involved with Habitat, recommended the idea about two years ago as a way to build trust among people of different religions. He had been inspired by a project in Israel that brought Jews and Palestinians together to work on farms."