On Sunday, Sept. 5, St. Barnabas hosted its annual concert to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.
Three musically gifted St. Barnabas parishioners performed: pianist and concert organizer Michael Chertock, opera singer Kara Shay Thomson, and singer/ choir director Joshua Goines, along with the Choir of St. Barnabas. We were also honored to have guest performers from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The musical menu included an array of classical and vocal selections and the concert was live-streamed for the first time this year.
Thanks to the generosity of these musicians, the St. Barnabas congregation, and friends, the concert generated donations totaling at least $3,764. These proceeds will help support Habitat's ongoing mission of building affordable housing that allows families to become first-time homeowners.
Families who qualify to become buyers of Habitat homes must put in "sweat equity" work on their homes (a total of 250 hours of work per adult leader of a family) in exchange for receiving no-interest mortgage loans to attain their dreams of home ownership. Communities where these houses are constructed stand to benefit by having more taxpaying homeowners in their jurisdictions. Habitat also rehabilitates older housing for re-use, and does repairs on the homes of elderly veterans.
Many thanks to the musicians of St. Barnabas and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra who made the concert possible. We appreciate your support of Habitat.