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First Things October 2013

October 2, 2013

On September 26, Mercy Housing held a community meeting in our Fritchman Auditorium to share information about the Caroline Severance Manor.

More than 500 of our neighbors came to First Church.  They sat in the chairs that our church members had sat in over the decades, in the hall that our church built in 1927. And they heard the name of the founder of our church invoked again and again:  The Caroline Severance Manor.

That 500 people showed up for the meeting proves how great is the need for affordable housing in our neighborhood.  85 units will be available.  Probably more than 1000 people will submit applications.  Although the Caroline Severance Manor will not solve all of the need for housing in our neighborhood, it is a great good to address even a portion of that need.

This is what church is for.  Our small community, led by vision and will for many years, transformed a dream of a parking lot into a better dream for parking and housing.  And then we did the exhausting work of finding the right developer, putting together the deal, revising the deal, and revising the deal again.  We saw ground break 15 months ago, and now see two nearly complete six-story buildings.

When finished, 85 individuals and families will have new, safe, beautiful places to live.  Our pre-school will have four new, larger, classrooms.  We will have 40 parking spaces next door to the church.

And we will have the spiritual credit of having lived and worked for a true religious goal:  a happier, more just, world, for ourselves and our neighbors.

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