Many people don’t own washers and dryers, especially first-time homeowners. The First Presbyterian Church of Inverness has made it their mission to provide all Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County new homeowners with a new Whirlpool washer and dryer. Since 2008, First Presbyterian Church of Inverness has donated a new Whirlpool washer and dryer to every Habitat for Humanity new homeowner at their home dedication. That’s 150 washers and 150 dryers to date. 

Why do they do it? It’s a labor of love for the church family and very near and dear to their hearts. Just ask Audrey and Frank Mattox, who attend every new homeowner dedication and personally present these appliances to the new homeowners on behalf of the church. It was at a church mission meeting in 2008 that the then CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Terry Steele, was asked by the mission committee members “How can our church help?”  Terry replied that Habitat would love to have a washer and dryer furnished in each new home. The mission committee said, “We can do that!”  

How do they do it?  Funds for the washer and dryers are raised entirely by individual donations at the church as well as musical concerts organized and directed by Karen Medrano, the Minister of Music. Several concerts are held throughout the year that include Raise the Roof and Summer Spirit Singers. The love offerings received are put into the washer and dryer fund. Concert attendees and church family have provided for every washer and dryer.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 206 Washington Avenue in Inverness off Highway 44. Traditional services are held each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with a contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday sermons are also available through podcasts. Visit fpcinverness.org for details.

Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry who seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, neighborhoods and hope. They work to eliminate substandard housing for people of all backgrounds, races and religions by providing simple, decent, affordable housing to those who have a need, ability to pay and willingness to partner. The affiliate will be celebrating its 200th home build in 2020. Habitat for Humanity is not a charity or give-away program. Partner families pay a small down payment and maintain a no-interest mortgage. For more information about Habitat, visit habitatcc.org.

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