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Mooresville clergy team up to build affordable housing

Local faith leaders stepped down from the pulpits and put on their hard hats Oct. 12 for a Pastor Build Day with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Pastors from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Harbor Church, Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Mooresville and Central United Methodist Church helped install vinyl siding on a new home at 156 Burke Circle.

The home is being sponsored by Thrivent Financial and Mooresville area churches. Central UMC, Williamson’s Chapel, St. Mark’s, First Baptist, Christ Community Church, Prospect Presbyterian and Christ Community Church have all provided financial support for the home’s construction.

Future homeowner Natassia Kerns is looking forward to paying an affordable mortgage on her new home, which will help them escape overcrowded living conditions. Kerns and her two children currently live in subsidized housing in Statesville. Even with the housing subsidies, she has faced frequent rent increases, and does not feel safe in her current neighborhood. The new home she is building in partnership with Habitat will provide a permanent solution to Kerns’ affordable housing need, in a safe neighborhood.

Volunteers are always welcome to help with Habitat home construction. Volunteer hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., with build days on Saturdays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No experience is required. Volunteers can help with tasks such as painting, installing vinyl trim, installing laminate flooring, roofing, landscaping and more.

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