Trinity Lutheran Church of Lombard members are picking up paint brushes, hammers, and weed wackers to help keep DuPage families in their homes. A multi-age team from the 154 year old church will spend Saturday, May 31, working with the DuPage Habitat for Humanity for the second consecutive year at Glen Ellyn's Prairie Green subdivision, northwest of Route 53 and Butterfield. “This year we won't be doing new construction,” explained Lois Seijo, Trinity’s Habitat project coordinator, “We'll be a part of A Brush with Kindness, Habitat’s home restoration program.”
A Brush with Kindness incorporates home repair, painting and some minor landscaping, and enables a volunteer team to utilize a broader range of skills than on last year’s construction of a three-family townhome building in unincorporated Glen Ellyn.
The Habitat partnership is a good fit for Trinity. The church was seeking new ways to impact the surrounding community. Seijo and her husband José, longtime members of the congregation, spoke to the Sunday morning adult Bible class about their personal involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Before long, fellow church members were donning work boots as a way to live out Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor.”
Trinity’s commitment goes beyond the manual labor. The church is also putting its money where its tools are. Personal donations, bake sales, and a designated gift from the church evangelism budget have combined to allow Trinity to present Habitat with a sizeable check to help fund this and future projects.
Homeowners served by A Brush With Kindness are often elderly or disabled, and on a fixed income. Helping these area residents preserve homeownership strengthens neighborhoods. Habitat reports that A Brush With Kindness home restoration has often become a catalyst for a whole neighborhood turnaround.
The church website states Trinity’s rationale for the Habitat partnership: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action” (from 1 John 3:16-18, The Bible).
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1165 S. Westmore-Meyers Road, on the northeast corner of Roosevelt and Westmore-Meyers Roads in Lombard, where it has operated Trinity Lutheran School since 1860 [MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/vSYmI]. Additional information may be obtained via the Trinity Lutheran Church office at 630.629.8765 or churchinfo@TrinityLombard.org, and details about Trinity Lutheran Church and School are available at TrinityLombard.org.