What an amazing journey for First Congregational Church and its Housing Initiative! We began with a dream three years ago to provide low-income housing on church property. The HI team stayed resilient through many twists and turns in trying to accomplish our goal, including lobbying the City of Eugene to change land use code. Our prayers were answered when the City Council passed a code change and St. Vincent de Paul offered to provide two manufactured homes if we would provide the infrastructure.
And suddenly the gates were opened for us to move forward, and move we did! The fundraising plan launched and raised over $200,000 in 3 months…WOW! The architectural plans were finalized, the contractors chosen, and construction began. It took a multitude of prayers and thoughtful planning from many people that held our dream in their hands to accomplish our goal.
The homes were ready for two families to move in before Christmas. They were given vouchers to choose furnishings at St. Vincent de Paul for their new homes. Plus waiting for them on move-in day, a welcome basket from FCC and many additional gifts from a sponsoring company.
We are now providing shelter on our property to the first of many families to come.
What a blessing! Dreams do come true!