Partnership Home Project

The Partnership Home Project (PHP) brings sponsor groups together with a homeowner who lost their home because of a natural or manmade disaster to build a new quality home.The sponsor groups are often churches but also MDS Unit, community groups, retirement home groups or others. The groups not only build a house from start to finish but a relationship with the family or homeowner.

Watch a new video about the Nuñez/Jimenez family from Wakefield, Nebraska and their PHP home which was built in 2016.

 

How It Works

The building of a PHP home is composed of four (4) partners: the homeowner; sponsor group; local community and MDS.

Local community representatives and MDS work to identify families in need of a home, matching them with sponsor groups.  The families often lack the resources, such as insurance, skilled labor and funds, to build a home.

Once the match is made, the sponsor group can travel to a work site and construct the home during a period of several weeks.  Or, they can build the frame and walls in a local warehouse, church or school parking lot, gymnasium or other location involving volunteers who unable to travel to the work site. The “house” is placed on a truck and shipped to the homeowner site where the home is completed.

The sponsor group can gain additional assistance from MDS to share the cost and allow for more volunteers with other interested sponsor groups.

Please watch the introduction video below to learn more.

The power of the PHP project is in the excitement it builds. Seeing a house come together in front of them helps get volunteers and contributors interested in helping. Once the house is shipped, piecing it all together at its final location brings a sense of satisfaction and joy as the family we served finally gets to come home.

Where We Work

There are currently three Partnership Home Projects ongoing. All three of the new builds are in Clendenin, West Virginia.

  • Clendenin, W.Va. – by the Casselman Valley Unit
  • Clendenin, W.Va. – by College Mennonite Church (Goshen, IN)
  • Clendenin, W.Va. – by the Northern Indiana Early Response Team

A number of Units and churches have participated in the PHP program in the past. The map below shows many of those participants and the corresponding region.

How to get involved

The success of this program depends on the collaboration of the homeowner, sponsor group, local community and MDS. It also depends on the involvement of volunteers from the sponsor group and others who support them. This is a great opportunity for groups to join together and bring a family to their new home.

To sponsor a PHP, complete the form below or call MDS at 1-800-241-8111.