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Habitat for Humanity:
Making Peace and Inspiring Change
Jeff Feldhaus
“Cura personalis,” “men and women for others,” “magis.” All are common phrases on
campus here at Creighton University. These familiar sayings mean “care for the entire
person,” “devoting yourself to serve other people,” and “striving for more,” respectively.
There are many groups worldwide that work for social justice and Habitat for Humanity
is a major one. It is a Christian-based organization that helps us live out these Christian
values in our lives. Participation in a group like this helps create a better overall person,
in spirit, mind, and body and also helps us to become service-oriented men and women
for others. Lastly, it is a group which urges people to strive to achieve more, making our
world a better place. Whether Christian or not, everyone should live our these values:
“cura personalis,” “being men and women for others,” and “magis.” Since it is such a
valuable organization, we all should play some role in the activities of Habitat for
Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity’s service is dedicated to fulfilling our moral and civil duties to work
for other people who are less fortunate in society. Participation in an organization such
as this one not only creates, through philanthropy, better lives for other people, but it
also develops character in the participating individual. This association demonstrates
social justice in action and shows a genuine concern for all people, regardless of race,
gender, religion, and any other form of discrimination. As leaders in action, its members
work to improve the community and the lives of everyone in it. At each building project,
Habitat for Humanity is not only developing young men and women, but as Joshua
Potter, vice-president of the Creighton chapter says, “We’re crafting safe and livable
communities” (Feldhaus).
The building projects at Creighton give people an amazing feeling of achievement when
completed. As Potter happily noted, “We build a house for 8 months and then we get to
see it become a home when the family moves in…and to think that you had a hand in it”
(Feldhaus). The feeling of satisfaction is worth the sacrifice. Habitat for Humanity is an
organization that works through the united spirit of many people with one common goal.
This exhibits how all members are working to be men and women for others, while
bettering themselves at the same time.
The Creighton chapter of Habitat for Humanity is currently working on its sixth housing
project and is continuously teaching students how to act with Christian values, which
builds up a stronger character in individuals. Members of Habitat show their compassion
and humility for others. Our duty to others is described by Jesus in the gospel of Luke,
“Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a
generous helping, poured into your hands--all that you can hold. The measure you use
for others is the one that God will use for you” (Catholic). This passage describes our
respect, as Christians, that we owe to others. This is an important idea because we will
be shown the same respect we give to others. Therefore, we must always be willing to

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devote ourselves completely to others and share with them the gifts with which we have
been blessed.
Part of the Creighton Habitat mission statement is to help students become an
influential part of the Habitat for Humanity International community. As a part of this
worldwide organization, Creighton University students build houses for needy families
and help educate people about affordable housing issues. The international community,
founded by Millard Fuller, is based on his ideology that “God’s love leaves nobody out,
and my love should not either” (Habitat 2006). Meaning, we should always be eager to
help others. As God loves everyone, we should too. Also, at the center of the Habitat for
Humanity foundation is the belief that members should live out one of Jesus’ most
important messages in the world; to “reflect God’s love.” This kind of love is recognized
not through our words, but in our actions. Two actions which make possible all the work
this nonprofit group does are volunteerism and fundraising (Feldhaus).
Volunteering and financial charity are perfect examples of acting as men and women for
others. Help from many people is needed in order to complete all the goals of Habitat
for Humanity. The more help this organization has, the more it can do for the
community. Dedication to others through Habitat shows an unselfish willingness to lead,
and serve. Volunteering is a great way to meet people at Creighton and make lifelong
friends, and not only other members of Habitat, but people from all kinds of groups.
According to Potter, “All sorts of Creighton groups come out to build with us...probably a
good 50% of on-campus organizations have organized builds through us” (Feldhaus).
The chance to meet all kinds of people and learn about different ways of life is present.
On a larger scale, working in Habitat can introduce one to cultures and people from all
over the world. This allows a person an opportunity to broaden his or her horizons.
Habitat is a tiered, worldwide organization with families on the city, state, regional,
national, and international levels (Habitat 2005). Members have built homes for
underprivileged families in Africa, Asia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America,
the Middle East, the United States, and numerous other countries in the Pacific (Habitat
2006). Habitat works all around the world with the vision of wiping out homelessness
and eliminating poor housing. Another aim is to “learn about homelessness, poverty,
and things we can do to alleviate these problems” (Habitat 2005). This organization
demonstrates leadership, unselfishness, teamwork, and compassion and service for
others. Due to the commitment of people and their ability to overcome the tension
caused by diversity, Habitat for Humanity has spread rapidly, even through the world’s
poorest countries. Men and women from different races, religions, educational and
financial backgrounds band together with one purpose, to work for the common good.
Even for the non-members, there is a way to join in the community service through
charity.
As a nonprofit group, charity is a big part of keeping the organization operational.
Donations are an easy way to be a part of Habitat if the time sacrifice is too big. They
show a generosity and good will to others and are graciously appreciated by all who are
a part of Habitat. Financial offerings make someone a better overall person because of

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Habitat for Humanity: Making Peace and Inspiring Change Jeff Feldhaus “Cura personalis,” “men and women for others,” “magis.” All are common phrases on campus here at Creighton University. These familiar sayings mean “care for the entire person,” “devoting yourself to serve other people,” and “striving for more,” respectively. There are many groups worldwide that work for social justice and Habitat for Humanity is a major one. It is a Christian-based organization that helps us live out these Christian values in our lives. Participation in a group like this helps create a better overall person, in spirit, mind, and body and also helps us to become service-oriented men and women for others. Lastly, it is a group which urges people to strive to achieve more, making our world a better place. Whether Christian or not, everyone should live our these values: “cura personalis,” “being men and women for others,” and “magis.” Since it is such a valuable organization, we all should play some role in the activities of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity’s service is dedicated to fulfilling our moral and civil duties to work for other people who are ...
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