FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – There’s a new homeowner at Fulller’s Landing, a neighborhood completely filled with homes built by Habitat For Humanity. Habitat leaders passed the keys over Thursday afternoon to the new owner of the first-ever local interfaith build home.

The new home was made possible thanks to the hard word and collaboration of more than a dozen diverse faith groups.

“We have different communities of faith that say, hey, we all may be different, but we all have the same desire to serve our neighbors and love on people who need a place to live,” said Justin Berger, Fort Wayne Habitat’s chief executive officer. “This is a culmination of those events, a couple of years of fundraising, and getting volunteers to come out to swing hammers and paint. Today, all those efforts are paying off.”

Faith communities that participated in building the home included: Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, B’nai Jacob, Congregation Achduth Vesholom, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne Friends Meeting, Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, the Muslim community, Peace United Church of Christ, The Pen & Inkpot Foundation, Plymouth Congregational Church, Seeds of Common Ground: We Refuse to Be Enemies Coalition, the Sikh Community, Trinity English Lutheran Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry uniting volunteers and local investors with qualified families to build safe, stable and affordable homes in Allen County. Completed homes are sold to Habitat homeowners with a $500 down payment and an interest-free mortgage. Because of volunteer involvement, the cost of a standard three-bedroom home is kept affordable, with mortgage payments around $500 a month including taxes and insurance for 30-year terms. The revolving fund created by mortgage payments received allows Habitat to provide additional housing opportunities in the community. Contact the office at 260-422-4828 or visit www.fortwaynehabitat.org for more information.