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Summit Area Clergy take part in some Building, Barbeque & Blessings!

Rev. Vernon Williams, Fountain Baptist Church, Mark, Volunteer, prospective homeowner Erlande Victor, Robin Whitely, Society of Friends

SUMMIT, NJ-- On June 15, 2011 Morris Habitat hosted an area and parishioners Interfaith & Community build at 39 Morris Avenue, Summit, for a day filled with building, barbeque & blessings.  Kicking off the build day with a heartfelt devotion was Rabbi Friedman, of the Jewish Community Center.  In his speech, Rabbi Friedman commented on how truly blessed the six partner families are to have such remarkable volunteers who donate their time and resources to provide hardworking families in need with affordable housing.

As the building began, it was clear to see that fellowship and partnership were the themes of the day.  Throughout the morning, these mighty volunteers installed stucco, hung doors upon each of the homeowners’ condos and applied the final stages of the roof trusses.

Participating Congregations include; Unitarian Church in Summit, Christ Church, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fountain Baptist Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, Fountain Baptist Church, Summit Jewish Community Center and the Religious Society of Friends  who were joined by some of their parishioners. Thanks to the congregations, along with many others, the 39 Morris Avenue project has become what it is today; a nearly completed home that will provide shelter for six families in need.

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As a result of this build day, participating congregations were able to raise awareness of the growing need for affordable housing in Morris County and also help to raise much needed funds to complete the six units.


If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to donate to the project please contact Carolyn Haraksin at  973-891-1934.


 Moving faith to action, Morris Habitat for Humanity advocates for and builds decent affordable housing to enhance lives and strengthen the community in partnership with volunteers and families in need. Morris Habitat for Humanity was established in 1985, in affiliation with Habitat for Humanity International. To date, Morris Habitat has built or rehabilitated 48 homes in the Morris area. Habitat's philosophy is to provide a “hand up” with Habitat families working alongside volunteers to build their own homes. Habitat provides a no-interest mortgage and makes no profit on the sale of the home. For more information, call (973) 891-1934 or visit their website at

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