A first for the local nonprofit, the designation came about due to a recent anonymous donation of $60,000, Cape Fear Habitat resource director Jessica Loeper said.
The gift came with the caveat that it be named in recognition of Pope Francis’ “commitment to social justice and his support for strong family and communities,” Loeper noted, and that Catholics and area residents pull together to raise the remaining $40,000 needed to complete construction.
“This is a donation that has been given to other Habitat affiliates throughout the country, several in North Carolina,” Loeper said. “But it is unique to our Habitat. We have not done a build done in honor of a pope before.”
Recently, though, Cape Fear Habitat did dedicate a completed home in memory of longtime volunteer Patrick Keith Anderson, who died last August. Loeper said the two naming initiatives just coincidentally coincided.
“But we’d like to do more of it,” she added. “It’s a special thing we can do to just recognize important people in the community and in the country.”
By reaching out to area Catholic churches–and through private contributions–Loeper said Habitat has raised almost half of the $40,000 challenge.
She said Wilmington’s Knights of Columbus Council 1074 also plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from its annual charity golf tournament in September to the house.
Staff and volunteers will break ground at the home site–1307 Stanley St., in the Love Grove community off N. 11th Street–on Saturday, July 11.
Cape Fear Habitat is still accepting donations and volunteers for the building project. All donations are tax-deductible.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.