Building on Faith A Virtual Lunch & Learn
Brought to you by Worcester Area Mission Society,
Habitat for Humanity MW/GW, Habitat for Humanity North Central MA
Our Building on Faith Virtual Lunch and Learn was held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Please watch the above recording of this Virtual Lunch and Learn. Just over an hour in length.
The Worcester Area Mission Society fuels inclusion, voice, and opportunity for all. We partnered with them to bring members of the faith community together for a discussion and dialogue on affordable housing during the COVID-19 crisis. People of all faiths are invited to attend. Speakers include representatives from the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, the Acton Community Housing Corporation, Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, and North Central MA Habitat for Humanity. This event was virtual and was facilitated using the Zoom online conferencing platform.
Meet Our Virtual Building on faith speakers!
Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association’s (CHAPA) mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development. Dana LeWinter is the Municipal Engagement Director at CHAPA. Dana will speak to the efforts CHAPA is making when it comes to advocating for housing opportunities, expanding access to housing and developing future housing leaders.
Community engagement at the town level is instrumental to the success of building affordable housing. Nancy Tavernier has been a 47 year resident of the Town of Acton and only recently retired after 32 years of sitting on the Acton Community Housing Corporation. Nancy advocated vigorously for affordable housing initiatives and will speak to what you can do in your own community to advocate for affordable housing.
As a faith representative who saw the need in his community Curt Logee stepped up and got involved. Curt is a member of the South Acton Congregational Church, UCC where he has had a variety of roles as the Treasure and Chairman of the Congregational Board. Curt has also sat as a member of the South Acton Missions and Outreach Committee. Over the past 20 years Curt has participated in a various Habitat builds and has been on the Board of Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts since 2019.
Habitat for Humanity is a global non-profit whose mission is to build and sell affordable housing in 1,400 communities nationwide and 70 countries worldwide. Carolyn Read has served as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity North Central since January of 2015. Prior to the taking on the role, she served as the organization’s Board of Directors as a member, Vice Present and President. You’ll learn more from Carolyn about Habitat’s programs including homeownership.
Debbie Maruca Hoak
Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. ReStores accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, and self-reliance and shelter in our communities. Debbie Maruca Hoak is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, and we will learn more about ReStore from Debbie. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Debbie spent 6 years as the Habitat ReStore Director. Her Habitat journey started when she served as an AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader in Americus GA, the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity. She has built with Habitat across the US from Georgia to Alaska, and in five different countries.
A big thank you to our event participants!