Catholic church joins Fixing it for Christ

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OLOG helps repair home in Lancaster

by Barbara Lengers/Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church recently became the first Catholic church to join a coalition of churches and organizations in the community project Fixing it for Christ.
Fixing it for Christ began in 2007 and was inspired by a 2006 trip to Mississippi to help residents rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. After their week in Mississippi, members of Waxhaw United Methodist Church wanted to continue to offer help, but many could not travel. So they started a local project, Fixing it for Christ.
Our Lady of Grace became involved in the project after a parish member delivered a Christmas basket to a Lancaster resident, and noted the abject need for house repairs. He spoke to Natalie Jackson, OLOG’s director of evangelization and social ministry, to see if more help could be offered.
This sparked Jackson’s memory of Fixing it for Christ from her days of working in Waxhaw. She called Terri Barbee at Waxhaw UMC to put the house on the repair list, and to ask about joining forces with FifC.
Ryan Kiniry, director of campus facilities at OLOG, hopped on board with experience in building/project managing, while generating interest of parish members who would be able to assist in the effort.
“Our Lady of Grace is a hands-on community who loves to help our neighbors, so we are grateful and fortunate to be a part of this ecumenical group,” Jackson said. “Our small, but rapidly growing church is a strong contributor to FifC with a charitable tithe, appliances contributed by church members, a financial contribution from Knights of Columbus and 36 workers already on the team.”
The team helped repair the Lancaster house June 20-23, replacing and painting kitchen cabinets, installing a new sink, countertops and flooring, as well as general outside maintenance.


More than 30 members of Our Lady of Grace helped with this and other FifC and other projects.
There are more than 20 houses on the FifC list and more than 30 other Christian churches and organizations in the area that help repair homes in this area.
Other partner churches and organizations include Mineral Springs United Methodist Church, First Baptist Charlotte Men’s Group, Amazing Grace Lutheran, Forest Hill Church, Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Latter Day Saints – Waxhaw Ward, St. Margaret’s Episcopal, Operation Reachout, Marvin AME Zion, All Saints Anglican, Faith Community Church and Weddington United Methodist Church.
Needs vary from tasks anyone can do to donated items, food for workers and financial help. To help with or find out more about this project, visit fixingitforchrist.com or gracewepray.org.