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Former Presbyterian church continues doing God’s work

Highland Park building donated to local Habitat

LEWISTOWN — For the first time, Habitat for Humanity of Mifflin County has a home base.

When the Highland Park Presbyterian discontinued services at the Electric Avenue church in Lewistown last October, its leaders wanted the building to continue doing God’s work, said Wanda McCullough, of Habitat.

In May, the Highland Park Presbyterian Church and the manse building was donated to Habitat, a Christian nonprofit organization that provides affordable, decent housing to low-income families in need who have the ability to repay mortgage and are willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity.

The donation of the building established a home base for the organization — now known as the Habitat Center. It is located in the church’s basement and another church will be utilizing the top floor.

Prior to this, McCullough said Habitat relied on other churches for a meeting place, and most recently met at Yeagertown Senior Center. The building allows them a place to hold meetings and interview potential families.

McCullough said Habitat would eventually like to rent out the basement to be used as a meeting place for nonprofit groups and for private parties.

They also hope to rent out the four-bedroom, two story manse, located up the hill from the church.

Habitat for Humanity of Mifflin County has built 10 houses and has housed beterr 35 and 40 families at various times.

Habitat volunteers meet in the basement at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. The organization can be reached at (717) 247-8067.

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