10 Things Your Faith Community Can Do To Encourage Homeownership
8. Encourage Professionals in Your Faith Community to Mentor Families
Faith-based organizations can mobilize human resources from within
their membership to help in the homeownership process. Enlisting
members who are bankers, lawyers, realtors, accountants, counselors,
and other professionals allows these individuals to employ their
skills for the good of the community
- Make mentoring a family a requirement for successful graduates
of your homebuyer training effort. Create a culture of "each
one teaches one" in your program.
- Create a mentoring ministry that trains individuals to facilitate
homebuyer and savings clubs. They would also be the people families
could call if they have questions or see "trouble"
coming as they work through their preparation and/or once they
have succeeded in buying a home.
- Service clubs, fraternities, sororities and professional
organizations often seed opportunities for service. Seek them
out to create mentoring programs for aspiring homebuyers who
are in need of extra support.
- Ecumenical organizations can often help by soliciting mentoring
volunteers with participants in other programs such as NHS who
already do homebuyer clubs and training
Look at these web sites to learn more about mentoring programs: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/religion_online/welfare; http://www.ahrhousing.org/;