LOMBARD – Armed with hammers, paint brushes, shovels, hoses, weed whackers and other landscaping tools, members of Lombard's Trinity Lutheran Church on May 31 partnered with DuPage Habitat for Humanity for the organization's restoration program, "A Brush with Kindness."
Ten volunteers from the church, including residents of Lombard, Villa Park and Glen Ellyn, worked on home repairs, painting and minor landscaping at a three-family townhome building located on Prairie Green Court in unincorporated DuPage County near Glen Ellyn. The home was built last year by DuPage Habitat on the same block as a similar home constructed through another partnership between the church and the nonprofit.
"It went great," said Trinity Lutheran media liaison Lori Solyom. "Everybody had a great time and worked hard."
Longtime Trinity members Lois and Jose Seijo, both involved with Habitat for Humanity, had formerly shared their personal experiences with fellow church members during a Sunday adult Bible class, and the partnership began from there.
"Trinity had been seeking more ways to get involved in the community, and they spoke with such passion and excitement," Solyom explained. "It seemed like a really good fit."
Along with the manual labor, the church is committed to donating money to Habitat through bake sales and personal donations – funds used to finance the cost of this and future projects.
"It's something that the whole church is behind and gets excited about," Solyom said, adding that the church will continue its partnership with DuPage Habitat.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1165 S. Westmore-Meyers Road, has been in operation since 1860.
For more information on Habitat's "A Brush with Kindness," visit www.habitat.org/getinv/brush_with_kindness.aspx.