As Pope Francis Visits, Habitat for Humanity Newark Plans Construction of the "Pope House" in Newark

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Local Talk News Editor



As the entire region prepares for the visit from Pope Francis, Habitat for Humanity Newark (Habitat Newark) is actively raising money for the construction a house in the West Ward in Newark to honor the pope, as part of a generous, anonymous donation.

"As the pope arrives, we are set to begin construction of this home to honor his commitment to social justice and his work to reinvigorate the Catholic Church," said Jeffrey J. Farrell, CEO of Habitat Newark. "Building this home is a unifying celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers in our area to work towards a common goal."

Habitat Newark leaders say the home will be a lasting celebration of the pope's visit, and hope that generous donations can be the last legacy of his visit to the Newark area.

Farrell noted that Pope Francis says that "work confers dignity," adding such a project works in concert with the Pope's beliefs and furthers Habitat Newark's mission of building and preserving homes throughout Essex County.

The non-profit organization will be breaking ground later this year on the project and is seeking volunteers from throughout Essex County to help with construction, as well as donors who can provide vital matching grants. Habitat Newark is currently securing city permits to begin work.

"We are using the pope's visit as a challenge the community at-large, including faith-based groups, schools and organizations throughout the region, to contribute the additional funds needed to achieve a true, community-wide partnership in support of the Pope Francis House," Farrell said.

Habitat Newark is hoping to raise at least $60,000 as part of this campaign, and is urging people of all faiths, from all surrounding towns, to get involved. Learn more at

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