Opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice

He was inspired by Millard Fuller, a self-made millionaire who gave it all up to start a Christian commune in 1976, which became today's Habitat for Humanity. Christian principles continue to drive Habitat for Humanity's work today.

Neil believes that the opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice. God gives people the drive to hope for justice. Habitat for Humanity brings people together who want to work for justice through the dignity of home ownership. Volunteers build homes together with the future home owners. By getting involved in the construction process, new residents feel needed and useful. Also, new residents receive access to capital so they can own their home and learn valuable budgeting skills. Social problems such as substance abuse, violence, and despair are reduced when people live stable homes.

The work of Habitat for Humanity can be summarized by the principle "Hand to Man, Heart to God." God was central to the founding of Habitat for Humanity and it continues to inspire important work today. For more information or to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Toronto visit www.torontohabitat.ca

By a Theology on Tap Volunteer