Building the Beloved Community

 In Blog, Families, Stories

Habitat for Humanity is propelled by a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We devote ourselves to creating that world because we believe everyone — every single one of us, regardless of who we are or where we come from — deserves a decent life and deserves the opportunity for a better future.

Believing is not enough. So we build.

We build houses — and through those houses, the strength, stability and self-reliance that families need in order to achieve a better life. That better life is our primary goal. So when we build houses, we also build bridges between people of diverse backgrounds, we build paths to more connected communities, we build ways for all people to come together and share in the creation of a new world.

That new world allows access, equality and opportunity for all. That new world represents what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the Beloved Community.”

Leadership from the surrounding 3rd Ave SE Churches gather on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, with Donacien to bless the foundation of the home before the walls are constructed.

“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity gives great appreciation to faithful partners who believe in and support this project: 

City of Cedar Rapids
Coe College
First Congregational United Church of Christ
First Lutheran Church
First Presbyterian Church
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
International Paper
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
The McIntyre Foundation
Wells Fargo
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Whirlpool Corporation


Photos from Aegon’s volunteer day on the build site:


Read more about the Beloved Community on Habitat for Humanity International’s website: https://www.habitat.org/support/beloved-community 


Article sources: Habitat for Humanity International