Listen: Laine Himmelmann with Habitat for Humanity
This Sunday, August 18th at 3pm and 6pm, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento and the Interfaith Council of Sacramento will be hosting a joint “Unity Concert” at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 1701 L Street Sacramento.
Mayor Steinberg will be keynoting the 3pm concert and both showings will include performances by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, Sacramento Children’s Chorus, and a one night only interfaith collaborative choir made up of representatives and faith leaders from across the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and non-denominational faith community.
The concert, led by acclaimed choral director Steven Johnson (choral director for the Sacramento Gay Men’s Choir St John’s Lutheran Church) will benefit Habitat’s “Build for Unity” Project - a community and multi-faith collaboration piloted in Sacramento which has now spread to 30 cities nationwide and seeks to bring people together of all different creeds, colors, and communities to break down barriers and build homes and unity. (Watch this 3-minute video to learn about the roots and spread of the Sacramento piloted #BuildforUnity project)
The concert is free to attend, family friendly, and open to the press and public. All donations raised at the concert will directly to benefit the Habitat “Build for Unity Project” home build development for low-income families. Habitat currently has $150,000 raised towards the new home build project with $70,000 left to raise. Habitat hopes to raise $10,000 through Sunday’s Unity Concert. The homes funded by the concert and interfaith community will begin construction in October and will engage hundreds of volunteers from all faiths and backgrounds to break down barriers and build homes.
“I don’t have to remind you that the need for affordable housing and unity is great. There are over 62,000 Sacramento families in need of affordable housing and there is a nearly deafening amount of division and fear in our world today” says Leah Miller, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, “but Build for Unity is our battle cry. Tonight, we will drown out the hate and fear with songful voices filled with hope, love and unity and come together as a community to help meet that need of those suffering in our community because of lack of access to affordable housing and hope. When we come together as a united community and work together we can use our collective voice with a focused vision and that’s to build a better world for all”.
What: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Interfaith Council of Sacramento, Mayor Steinberg, Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, Sacramento Children’s Chorus, and local faith community come together for joint “Unity Concert” to counter acts of hate and build homes and unity.
Who: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Mayor Steinberg, Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, Sacramento Children’s Chorus, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and local interfaith community.
When: Sunday, August 18th at 3pm and 6pm (two showings) Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church at 1701 L Street Sacramento, CA 9581
About the Build for Unity Project: Piloted in Sacramento by Habitat for Humanity in Greater Sacramento in 2016, Build for Unity is an interfaith build which seeks to bring people together of all difference faiths and backgrounds to come together to break down barriers and build homes and unity. The pilot Build for Unity Project brought together 180 different faith organizations and individuals from across the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, and non-denominational faith communities to build two homes side by side in North Sacramento. Since the pilot Sacramento project, Build for Unity initiatives have sprouted all across the nation in over 30 cities from Los Angeles to Houston to New York City. Habitat Greater Sacramento is launching it’s 2019 Build for Unity project currently with construction to begin in late October.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento: Celebrating 33 years of building hope and homes in Sacramento and Yolo County, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento builds and repairs homes in partnership with the local community. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, has built 146 new homes for low-income families in Sacramento and Yolo County. Additionally, since its inception in 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento’s new repairs program has provided critical repairs to dozens of low-income senior and Veteran homeowners to help them stay in their homes and age with dignity. Those interested in supporting our work or volunteering can find more information on our website: www.habitatgreatersac.org or can follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HabitatGreaterSac , Twitter @SacHabitat , and Instagram @SacHabitat.