Carpenters For Christ Doubles the Fun at Home on the Lawn Blitz Build!

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 in Marc Sparks: In the News | 0 comments

Besides Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day, February is famous for Highland Park United Methodist Church’s annual Home on the Lawn project. For the fifth time in as many years, Carpenters for Christ will partner with SMU and Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the working poor. This year is special. Not just one, but two homes will be constructed simultaneously, across the street from each other and completed in a two-week “blitz build.” Walls rise on Saturday, February 17, and work continues each Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday thereafter through March 4, Dedication Sunday.

It takes a great congregation with many volunteers to pull off such a project and volunteers are encouraged to sign up at their earliest convenience. The best part of it is that no experience or special knowledge is necessary to participate in this great work. Marc and Jane Sparks have already done their part by sponsoring the cost of both homes in honor of their daughter Lauren, who is graduating from SMU this spring.

Volunteers can work a full day, half-day shift or anything in between. Work begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. A complementary lunch is provided for morning workers. Free child care at HPUMC is available. Volunteers may bring their own tools, particularly if they have favorite hand tools, but tools will be provided. Carpenters work rain or shine and people are encouraged to wear weather- appropriate work clothes like gloves, a head covering and sunscreen.

The homes are located at 4315 Canal St. and 4326 Canal St., in the South Fair Park area of Dallas. From HPUMC, the trip is less than than 20 minutes. Driving directions and other valuable information, are located on the Carpenters website at To sign up right away, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jane Parker at or 214.522.0204 and Joe B. Fortson at or 214.523.2297.

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