Habitat for Humanity
One of our focus ministries at St. Philip is Wake County Habitat for Humanity. Over the past year we worked collaboratively with 10 other Wake County Lutheran Churches – The Lutheran Coalition – on an amazing project – Building Independence.
Our community has a great need for supervised, independent, and affordable housing for low-income adults with developmental disabilities. The Building Independence Project serves adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in three adjacent homes in Raleigh.
The other churches involved in the Lutheran coalition are:
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Fuquay-Varina; Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary; Grace Lutheran Church, Raleigh; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Raleigh; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Raleigh; Hope Lutheran Church, Wake Forest; Our Savior Lutheran Church, Raleigh; Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cary.
The project – sponsored by Lutheran Services Carolinas – serves nine adults in the three adjacent homes. Each resident has his or her own bedroom and bathroom, and each home has a kitchen, dining room, and den. One of the homes has a larger common space for resident activities. The homes are accessible to public transportation and shopping, and the homes are energy efficient and affordable to maintain. Residents have the daily on-site support needed for them to live safely and independently. This independent living skills coaching, together with additional services coordinated by Lutheran Services Carolinas, provides each resident with the opportunity to work in a paid job or in a vocational training setting, to increase social skills, and to practice money management.