Earle Street Baptist Church is privileged to partner with Habitat for Humanity, a faith-based organization dedicated to providing a “hands-up” for individual families willing to prepare for and build an affordable home. Since its Greenville beginning in 1985 through 2020, Habitat has helped over 360 families realize their dream. Six new homes are scheduled to be built or completed in 2021. Earle Street has partnered with many of these families, participating with other churches in an annual “Faith Build” to provide the financial resources and volunteers for the build. Participating churches are invited to provide "labor" on a scheduled basis for the approximate 18 workdays.
2020 – the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. By the time construction began on the 2020 Faith Build, volunteers were not permitted on site, and, as of January 2021, that restriction continues. While Habitat construction staff have continued to work on builds, shortages and delays in materials have delayed completion of the home for the Diaz family.
Earle Street will continue to support financially the Faith Build for 2021. It is scheduled as the first build in the Woodside Park project, located on Curtis Street in Simpsonville. A total of 13 homes are expected to be built in the development, with 10 homes to be built by Habitat. Permits are in process for builds in Greenville’s Nicholtown area. Hopefully the metrics being used by Habitat will become favorable for volunteers.
Ed Hogan, the ESBC Habitat Liaison, will coordinate volunteers for the ESBC workdays . If you are interested, please contact him. For more information on Habitat and volunteer opportunities, you may visit the Habitat website.