An outpouring of love
August 29, 2018
My heart is overwhelmed with gratefulness for the many who have volunteered and donated to help us as we work to help others. At the present time, I am reflecting on the outpouring of love that we have received for our current Barron build.
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Hudson started the work on this house in their church parking lot. This generous group hosted fundraising events and scheduled work days building the walls offsite prior to our groundbreaking. The walls were transported to Barron with a group of over 30 sweet souls from Mt. Zion on Sunday, June 24. Just days before their arrival, the slab for the house was poured by Reese Construction. Joel Palmquist, our construction supervisor, has been faithfully orchestrating the work that is being accomplished from the start. Eric Stanford donated his time and skills to kick start it all by drafting the floor plans. Each project that we work on is only successful because of the outpouring of love that we receive from others.
On June 25, we gathered at the site for a groundbreaking ceremony which was purposely delayed in order to include the Mt. Zion group. Bob Kazmierski, City Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer, was there holding the shovel with future homeowner, Cindy Slayton. This ceremony was quite a celebration of many individuals coming together for a common cause. We like to say that we are here to give “a hand up, not a hand out.” Our hand up is possible through those willing to invest and care about our mission and purpose which is, “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
First Lutheran Church in Barron hosted the entire group that came from Mt. Zion. They provided many meals and with the meals included encouraging verses and support. United Presbyterian Church in Rice Lake donated $1000 toward our efforts and provided a meal for this group sharing the verse “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” from 2 Chronicles 15:7. United Presbyterian also have sent volunteers to work for a day as well. There are many others who have given of their time and resources beyond the listing here. The list is quite long, and we are thankful. More work needs to be done to finish up this house project. We could use you if you are willing to give a little of your time.
Words seem inadequate to adequately share how thankful we are for every act of kindness given to help Cindy and Clarissa Slayton. They are so grateful. We are so grateful. As we continue our work at the house in Barron, a house we are working on in Cumberland, and any future work as well, we rely on the kindness and generosity of those willing to partner with us. Thank you!