Habitat for Humanity

Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has partnered with more than 150 hard-working low-income families in the area to help them realize their dream of home ownership. Habitat doesn’t give away houses, but instead offers Partner Families the opportunity to earn “sweat equity” building their homes and those of their neighbors. Utilizing volunteer labor and donations, Habitat is able to sell homes to Partner Families at no profit with a zero interest mortgage. In turn, Partner Family mortgage payments feed the Fund for Humanity, allowing them to build even more homes.

Christ Church will again be hosting the Habitat for Humanity Community Conversation Dinners. Starting February 6th 2018 and lasting through November (every 1st Tuesday of the month), we will welcome 8 families (and approximately 22 children!) to these dinners as Habitat for Humanity representatives educate new families on the ins and outs of home ownership. Please contact Assoc. Rector Marilu Thomas Marilu@christchurchcville.org or Courtenay Evans Courtenay@christchurchcville.org for volunteer opportunities.

Join us for a Christ Church “Blitz Day” build on Saturday, March 17th 2018 to help with the construction of a Charlottesville family home. All skill levels welcome. Please contact Marilu or Courtenay for more information.

Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is an annual weeklong event created by Habitat’s Women Build program. The program invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. Christ Church will be participating on an All-Women’s Build in the Charlottesville community on a Saturday in May. Please contact Courtenay or Marilu for more information.

The Haven

The Haven is located in a beautifully renovated church and annex building that offers a One-Stop resource for those struggling with homelessness or other basic needs located two blocks from Christ Church. The Haven has adopted a Housing First approach to ending homelessness and facilitates Homeless Prevention, Coordinated Assessment, Housing NavigationHousing Stabilization, as well as providing a Day Shelter with breakfast and laundry facilities. Haven guests also cook a meal for the public on Wednesdays from 12pm-1:30pm. The food is delicious and a great spot to have a midweek lunch. Christ Church members can attend a volunteer training and help in a variety of ways at the shelter. Associate Rector Marilu Thomas serves on the board of the Haven. Contact her for more information on how to get involved.

Soup Kitchen/Our Daily Bread

Tuesdays at noon, you will find the Monticello Room in the basement of the church full of food, conversation and neighbors. The downtown churches participate in a rotating soup kitchen that feeds approximately 80-135 of our fellow community members who are without funding for food. It is a time to sit and hear guests’ stories as well as serve a generous and healthy meal. There are four teams that serve in the Soup Kitchen, one for each week of the month, headed up by a Cook and Asst. Cook. (St. Paul’s Ivy team does the 5th Tuesdays.) We are always in need of servers and subs. Please contact Marilu or Courtenay if you would like to join a serving team.


PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) is a group of local congregations forming an interfaith coalition to provide overnight shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. PACEM’s vision, “a pillow for every head,” and mission of compassionate support make this a reality in our community. PACEM consists of two shelter programs operating in parallel, one for men and the other for women. Christ Church participates with Wesley Memorial who acts as a host congregation for men. Our 2018 ministry will be February 10-23 and we will we shelter approximately 45 guests for 12 hours each night. Participating in PACEM puts some of us “a little out of our comfort zone”, but that has not stopped members and friends of Christ Church from being involved.  We set up cots, prepare and serve food, spend fellowship time with our guests, stay overnight, launder clothing and towels, donate needed supplies, etc. Contact Marilu or Courtenay for more information.