– First United Church of Christ traveled from Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Little Ferry, New Jersey to participate in a mission trip on Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County’s (Habitat Bergen) job sites for three days in June.
The team consisted of eight willing and eager volunteers to work on tasks such as installing drywall and trim in two Little Ferry homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
First United Church of Christ was pleased to volunteer with Habitat Bergen in coordination with Bergen County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (BCVOAD) which had been planning the trip since September 2013. BCVOAD coordinated sleeping arrangements for the team to stay at the Rutherford Congregational Church. BCVOAD also coordinated the team to work an additional two days with Rebuilding Together.
First United Church has participated in various mission trips in the past including the Back Bay Mission in Mississippi, Cheyenne Indian Reservation in South Dakota and a Habitat affiliate in Tennessee.
“Habitat Bergen is touched by how dedicated First United Church of Christ is to carrying out our recovery efforts in Little Ferry,” noted Jacey Raimondo, Habitat Bergen Executive Director. “We are thankful that they chose to fulfill their mission trip with us.”
About Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County
The goal of Habitat Bergen is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by working in partnership with people in need. Using volunteer labor and donated funds and materials, Habitat Bergen builds or rehabilitates simple, decent houses and sells them to low-income families at cost, but with no interest added. Habitat Bergen is a people-to-people partnership, which joins all of us together regardless of race, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic status. That partnership begins with the homeowner families (partner families). Habitat Bergen is not a giveaway program, but a joint venture in which those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in the work at various levels. They help with the construction of their own home, as well as the houses of their neighbors. For more information, visit www.habitatbergen.org