Habitat for Humanity holds kickoff

People from different faiths and denominations gathered at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church for the Faith Build Kickoff Breakfast last week.

Habitat for Humanity holds kickoff
May 04
02:45 2017

Photo by Timothy Ramsey



Since 1985 the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has served 462 families in the Forsyth County area with new homes, remodels and repairs.  To kick off their 2017 year the HFH held their Faith Build Kickoff Breakfast at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 25.

The breakfast brought together churches of all differ-ent faiths and denominations to discuss the plans for this year’s Faith Build.  Individuals also spoke about their experiences volunteering for the Faith Builds in the past.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County Executive Director Mike Campbell said he really enjoys the Faith Builds because it allows people of all faiths to come together for a common goal and do God’s will by helping others.

“Our basis is putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, community and hope,” he said.  “Whether they are Jewish, Muslim or Christian, the point is for us to all pull together to show support in Winston-Salem of solidarity, strength and being united. It gives us the chance to change the lives of those in the community that are in need.”

Campbell believes that the Faith Builds allow the HFH to reach out to many congregations around the Forsyth County area, along with expanding their footprint and reach to help more in need.

In attendance at the Faith Build was Timothy D. Rhodes, a former HFH home recipient.  He says he was actually denied twice before finally being approved for the HFH home.  He has even traveled to Nicaragua to assist in building homes there after his home was completed.

“When I found out I was going to receive a home, I was overwhelmed and it was a great feeling,” Rhodes said.  “God opened the door for me, so it was time for me to stand up and once I got into the pro-gram, I just went 100 percent.  I tell everyone about Habitat for Humanity because it’s the best thing going for potential homeowners.”

United Metropolitan had a number of representatives from its congregation at the breakfast.  The Rev. Yvette Lovett Martin says United Metropolitan is involved in a number of efforts throughout the community.  She said they love hosting the breakfast at their church.

“Our pastor, Prince Rivers, has been instrumental in getting out into the community and serving and getting the congregation involved,” she said. “The Faith Builds are a great way to give back to the community and teaches the young people of the church about community service and giving back. Also with the meetings, we are able to learn so much about different faith communities.”

There are currently 32 families that are in line waiting for HFH homes to begin construction.

Any person or church interested in volunteering for a Faith Build or with HFH, contact Mike Campbell at 336-306-8253 or visit

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