In Mamaroneck, as well as in New Rochelle, Somers, Yonkers and other Westchester communities, volunteers from all faiths gathered on Friday, September 11 to kick off “Building on Faith Week.” The volunteers went on to participate in building projects throughout the county as part of Habitat for Humanity International’s efforts to hit “the theology of the Hammer.”
“No matter what faith we are or Holy Book we read – the Torah, Koran or Bible – we can all agree on the love of God, faith in action and the theology of the Hammer, where everyone should go to bed at night in a simple decent home,” said Jim Killoran, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. “All across the county, more than 20 congregations are building on sites!”
In Mamaroneck, more than 50 volunteers from Sts. John and Paul Church, Larchmont Temple, St. Augustine’s Church and Larchmont Avenue Church worked together on Saturday to raise the roof and build other parts of a “flood home” for of Liz Covington and her family.
The previous house on the Howard Avenue site in Mamaroneck Village sustained severe damage in the floods of 2007. Habitat of Westchester is completely rebuilding the house on stilts to withstand future storms. Despite its raised foundation, it will be accessible to those with handicaps. (More details are available at Habitat for Humanity of Westchester.)
The new home also incorporates numerous elements of “green design.”
“We’ve been green before green was green, ” said Mr. Killoran. “Since 1997, we’ve been using Energy Star appliances and energy effiicient building panels. Remember, the amount on your utility bill can be the difference between a mortgage payment and a foreclosure.”
Building on Faith in Mamaroneck
“It is a joyous time for us all to work together,” said Mary Bonner, a member of Habitat’s board and a parishioner of Sts. John and Paul. Ms. Bonner kicked off the Mamaroneck build on Saturday morning with a reading of the scripture from Micah, which is engraved on Larchmont Temple’s walls.
Paul Katzenstein “led the building charge” with a group of volunteers from Larchmont Temple. Also leading the way were Deacon John Brown from Sts. John and Paul, and Anne Avenius from St. Augustine’s. Msgr Thomas Petrillo from Sts. John and Paul and Rev. Bill Crawford of Larchmont Avenue Church applauded the efforts and made commitments to continue Habitat’s important mission.
In the Larchmont-Mamaroneck area, Habitat has rehabbed more than 160 homes or businesse and built three new ones. Habitat of Westchester’s first home, built in 1988, was off Weaver Street. “Now the children have graduated college and the flag is flying high,” said Mr. Killoran.
UPCOMING HABITAT EVENTS: Bernie Williams will be singing at Molly Spillane’s on October 4th; St. Augustines will host Walk for Homes Now on November 8. For more info, see