Augustinians Take on "Pope Francis Home Challenge"

The Augustinians are partnering with Habitat for Humanity Chicago on the Pope Francis Home Challenge!  We are helping raise money to build a home for the Power Family on the South Side of Chicago.  The family's current home is unbearably cramped and makes privacy and quiet work space impossible.  They are very excited to start the building process on their new house, which they will purchase from Habitat for Humanity with a 0% interest mortgage.  Their new home will give them the space they've been craving for years:  the space to create a healthy environment for the whole family.

Why the Pope Francis Home Challenge?

Inspired by an anonymous donor, the Pope Francis House strives to bring Chicagoans together across beliefs and faith communities - to come together as one community to build a home for the Powers family and raise the remaining balance of home construction costs.  The donor stated purposes of the challenge are:

  • To honor Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church;
  • To provide a unifying, celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work together toward a common goal; and,
  • To further Habitat for Humanity's mission of building and preserving homes.

We Need You to Help Build

The time is now.  Get out on the build site and leave your mark on the construction of the Pope Francis Home.  There are opportunities to volunteer as an individual or as a team.  Click here to visit the website and sign up for a volunteer time slot.

Donate:  "The Remainder Is Needed by Others"

Saint Augustine taught that we should "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others."  Let's take this opportunity to help our family by donating to those that are in need at this very moment.  A number of our teams and parishes are signing up as fundraising teams that you can join.  Best of all, the project's anonymous donor pledged to match up to $60,000 for every dollar raised toward the project.  Click here to visit the website and help us reach our goal!

Dedicated, hard-working, and eager all describe the Powers family, and they are well on their way to becoming Habitat homeowners. 

This Project Is also Built on Spreading the Word

We need to meet our goal within the next couple months so that we have the time needed to finish construction.  In addition to volunteering your time and donating, we need you to share this project with your friends, family, parish, and school.  We're calling on all our Augustinian Family to help these efforts in "Sheltering the Homeless," which is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy we should be doing throughout this Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Please share this on Facebook, Twitter, and by email!


Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy has been working with the Augustinians in fundraising and communications since 2010. He began working with the Augustinian Vocations office in 2015. He also holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.