Building the Kingdom, one house at a time is exactly the goal of Steve and Jodie Koch. In 2019, with their enthusiasm and financial boost, the Springfield Catholic community was able to build a Habitat for Humanity home in partnership with a wonderful, hard-working woman and her son.
This year, in these particularly trying times, the Kochs are once again seeking the help of the Catholic community to build another home and make another significant impact. However, this time they are providing the entire financial obligation.
“I feel the Springfield area Catholic churches and organizations had a great experience in 2019, coming together to raise money and build a home for a very deserving family,” Steve Koch said. “I want to help offer this opportunity again, but without the stress of having to raise money for the build. If anyone would like to donate to Habitat for Humanity, that would be wonderful, but not necessary. Let’s volunteer and demonstrate our faith to build another Habitat home, get to know our fellow parishioners better, and have an incredible sense of accomplishment when we hand over the keys to a hard-working and deserving family!”
Msgr. David Hoefler, vicar general for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, responded to their generous offer by saying, “This is brilliant! In a time when isolation is rising, you (the Kochs) are bringing people together to focus on those who have nowhere to go to be safe. It also fits our diocesan theme of ‘Be not afraid.’”
The partner family for the Catholic Build will be Rhonda Davis, mother of three and grandmother of eight. After renting for more than 20 years, her long-time dream to own a home will finally come true. This will be the last winter Davis fights through in an uninsulated home. With your help she will soon feel the warmth of generosity from the Catholic community.
To be a part of the 2021 Catholic Build, go to habitatsangamon.com. Watch your parish bulletin for more information or check out catholicbuild.com. Weather permitting, March 26 will kick-off the volunteer opportunities. Be not afraid to build the Kingdom!
Amber Cerveny is director of Faith and Ministry Promotion.