RIVER EDGE, NJ, November 4, 2016 – Congregation members from the River Church of New Jersey devoted two Saturday’s of Service to Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County by volunteering on Habitat Bergen’s construction worksite in Bergenfield.
The River Church of New Jersey is a non-denominational church located in Teaneck, and is one of Habitat Bergen’s Inter Faith community partners, with representatives from various religious sectors who meet periodically to plan volunteer and advocacy events, as well as discuss how service can influence our local communities and affordable housing initiatives in Bergen County. The River Church Mercy Ministry is dedicated to supporting non-profit organizations and families in the Bergen County area through volunteerism, donations and spiritual support. Habitat Bergen was honored to host these two energetic teams of volunteers on our Bergenfield worksite.
The River Church of New Jersey shows just how service can affect affordable housing initiatives in Bergen County through their days of service. The church’s first team of volunteers powered through a hot summer day in August installing hard wood flooring. The second team of volunteers in October installed drywall to already-insulated sections of the home and spackled to prepare the walls for painting. Both teams of volunteers were fortunate enough to volunteer with the future homeowners, Carlos and Geovana Pimentel, who have completed over 300 of their required 400 hours of sweat equity on their future home. The house in Bergenfield is a 1,900 square foot, three-bedroom home with two-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, and one-car garage. The house is being built to the latest environmental and energy-efficiency standards to provide the owners, once moved in, with energy cost-saving opportunities.
“It has been a privilege and a blessing to serve through Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County. We have a great respect for Habitat and in the work the organization does in serving the community. We look forward to many more opportunities to bless our neighbors." - Rev. Jim Om, River Church of NJ Pastor.
“The River Church of New Jersey is no stranger to service. The congregation members are passionate and dedicated to serving others through action, donations and prayer and we are honored to be one of the organizations they choose to support. People dedicated to service are a powerful force and an inspiration to others. Our partnership with the church has gained momentum this year and we are looking forward to their continued participation with the Inter Faith Committee and additional Saturdays of Service on our worksite,” said Pamela Nall, Habitat Bergen’s Chief of Staff and Inter Faith Committee Chair.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, visit www.habitatbergen.org or call 201.457.1020.
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.