Just in time for the holidays, Carpenters for Christ, a ministry of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, recently dedicated its 125th house, making it the largest contributor to Habitat for Humanity of any faith-based organization worldwide. This accomplishment took years of meetings, donations, and sweat equity, and it all started with six congregants who had a vision for Habitat for Humanity at HPUMC: Doug and Jeanne Reinelt, Philip Wise, Kent and Susan Roberts, and Stephen White.
After a year of gathering donations and organizing, the first house by Carpenters for Christ began in Fall 1996, and there was no shortage of volunteers. The first house was built in Bonton, a neighborhood in South Dallas. After Habitat for Humanity and Carpenters for Christ built multiple houses in the neighborhood, crime rates decreased, and organizations rose up to continue the positive effect the new housing has had on residents.
“It has totally turned around the neighborhood, and there’s now a Bonton farm and cafe down there that’s really involved in the community,” Jeanne Reinelt said. The whole community comes together and works toward revitalization together, she said.
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