West Metro Habitat Interfaith Coalition
The West Metro Habitat Interfaith Coalition (formerly known as Jeffco Partners for Interfaith Action) is a coalition of faith and service organizations with the mission of working together on projects that meet the common needs of the community. We are a fund raising coalition for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. We demonstrate to the community the ability and willingness to work together to meet the common good and prove that people of widely differing faith beliefs can address poverty and housing needs in Jefferson County.
Formed in 1998, West Metro Habitat Interfaith Coalition (formerly known as Jeffco Partners for Interfaith Action) has completed the fundraising and building of fourteen homes. Our successful Pumpkin Patch has operated every October at Garrison and Alameda for fourteen years. This October will be our fifteenth year. We now have a second Pumpkin Patch at the Arvada Center located at the corner of 68th and Wadsworth.
The West Metro Habitat Interfaith Coallition (formerly known as Jeffco Partners for Interfaith Action) faith coalition is happy to be partnering with Thaddeus and his son to build a new Habitat home in Denver this year.
Thaddeus is a single dad raising his teenage son in a crowded one bedroom apartment. Sharing a bedroom is their only option at this point. He mentioned that his son needs more space to become his own person. Thaddeus already spends more than 30% of his income on rent and worries that it will continue to increase. It’s always been a dream of his to own his own home, but he is unable to fulfill that dream without Habitat. When asked what he doesn’t like about his current apartment, he answered “it’s not mine”. Every time he pays his landlord, he feels as though he’s fulfilling someone else’s dream and not his own.
Thaddeus is also very concerned with the amount of drug use in his neighborhood. Simply closing his door and staying indoors is not a solution. His neighbors are constantly smoking marijuana—the smell is undeniable. Because the odor is so strong, it seeps into Thaddeus’s apartment and constantly fills the room. He is fed up with living in this environment and exposing his son to this kind of behavior.
Thaddeus has been working very hard as a sales associate and has high hopes for a better life for his family. He is so thankful for Habitat Metro Denver and is excited to start working toward homeownership.
Sign up to join us out on the construction site. No experience is needed. Come and swing a hammer with us for a day! *Please note that no person under the age of 16 is allowed on the construction site.* To get registered, email Tom Brunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each house is built with donated funds from congregations, individuals, and companies. Every little bit helps. Please take a moment to pray and consider how your gift can help Habitat change lives of families in need. Each donation is a true blessing in the eyes of the family who gets one step closer to their dream of homeownership and a better future for their children. To make a donation, click here. All donations go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver and are tax deductible.
Each year, West Metro Habitat Interfaith Alliance, formerly known as Jeffco Partners for Interfaith Action) turns pumpkins into houses. Throughout the month of October, coalition volunteers sell pumpkins and donate the proceeds to Habitat Metro Denver. To learn more about West Metro's pumpkin venture, email Tom Brunn at email@example.com.
Go to www.JeffcoPartners.com to view the 2014 Pumpkin Patch volunteer schedule and to sign up for volunteer opportunities. We need approximately 50 volunteers to help unload each of the three truckloads of pumpkins. The Lakewood Patch has approximately 180 volunteer shifts to sell the pumpkins. Click here to see the flyer and click here to see how you can lend a hand!
The children from the Sunday School at the Arvada United Methodist Church raised money for Jeffco Partners by expressing gratitude during Lent. Every day the children with their parents would read a Bible passage and celebrate a moment of gratitude by placing coins in a small cardboard bank that looked like a habitat home, for things such as “For each room in your home deposit 25 cents.” The children raised $223.80. Congregation B’nai Chiam, Jefferson Unitarian and Mile Hi Church are also working with their youth on the Gratitude Project. Click here to see how to contribute to a gratitude bank.
Empty Bowl Dinner
Every year, Jefferson Unitarian Church hosts the “Empty Bowl Dinner” as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Guests are encouraged to donate an amount equal to what they are accustomed to spending when they go out to dinner. The dinner consists of homemade soups, stews, salads, breads and desserts. Click here to see the flyer!
Girls' Night Out
For the past 6 years, Arvada United Methodist Church has had a fundraiser called “Girls’ Night Out”, which is a themed movie and dinner for the “Girls” in our lives on the Saturday evening before Mother’s Day. The men in the congregation prepare and serve the meal as a treat to the women in our coalition in honor of Mother’s Day.
The 2014 event featured the movie “Philomena” with an Irish- themed meal including Irish Soda Bread. Click here to see the flyer.
KING SOOPERS GIFT CARD PROGRAM
In addition to pumpkins, Jeffco Partners raise money through King Soopers Gift Cards. To learn about purchasing a Gift Card through Jeffco Partners, go here.