Faith in Action in Fremont: St. James' and St. Anne's Habitat Build

On Saturday, June 16, about thirty volunteers, together with six future homeowners, four Americorps interns, and several other volunteers participated in a Habitat Build Day at Central Commons in Fremont. The eighteen St. James’ and three St. Anne’s volunteers were joined by several from St. Timothy’s in Mountain View, and St. Andrew’s in Saratoga, making a great showing for the Beloved Community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Most volunteers worked on hanging drywall, requiring hours of steady hammering by hand, while some helped to ready the site for a coming inspection, and others rearranged and replenished needed supplies. Lunch was provided by St. James’ for all. Some volunteers brought pies and cookies to share for that all-important post-lunch sugar boost.

There’s a saying about trying for perfection in celebrating the Eucharist: as long as no one gets hurt and everybody gets fed, it all went well. The same could be said about this build day as another expression of Eucharist:  everyone was fed (with a surprising amount of leftovers), all did their part to build up the Kingdom, and while some muscles may have ached a bit the next day, thankfully, no one was injured in the process.

Volunteer information for the Central Commons project can be found at the East Bay/Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity website.

 

Group photo of volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Build Day standing infront of home being built