Partnership to result in house blessing

FAYETTEVILLE — First Presbyterian Church and its members will host a blessing of the McKinnon family home on 519 Link Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. First Presbyterian Church will also present a check to Habitat to conclude the ongoing campaign that has raised upwards of $20,000 to fund the following elements of the McKinnon home: roof installation; HVAC; and plumbing and electrical work. The McKinnons will be the first family to move into a new construction home in Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization target area.

“Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization work is critical to economic and community development because we’re not just building homes, we’re building lasting communities,” said Tammy Laurence, Habitat CEO. “We know that families thrive when they live in affordable homes in safe and stable communities. The coalition is restoring hope in the B Street community.”

What began with one First Presbyterian Church member attending Habitat’s Faith Relations Committee meeting and joining the B Street coalition’s daily walks, has developed into a friendship and partnership on the quest to neighborhood revitalization. After highlighting Fayetteville Habitat’s work at its missions conference in March of 2018, First Presbyterian Church has committed to serving the people in its own backyard. Years of sending its parishioners to other countries like Haiti and Mexico, they have come to the realization that the need is great for God’s love in downtown Fayetteville.

“First Presbyterian does not want to focus solely on funding distant causes,” said Dr. Mike Garrett, First Presbyterian Church lead pastor. “We want to influence the community for the better, and embody the love that all should have for their neighbor.”

Following the blessing, attendees are invited to write scripture, blessings, and words of encouragement on the exposed beams of the McKinnon home before volunteers install the drywall during National Women Build Week, May 8-9. Please contact FAHFH for more information at or (910) 483-0952.

About Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Incorporated in 1988, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation and is a designated 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit