Interfaith group formed after 9/11 plans to build Issaquah homes

September 11, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2011

Together We Build, a group formed by Christians, Jews and Muslims amid the fear and mistrust after the 9/11 attacks, plans to commemorate the 10th anniversary by building homes in Issaquah for families in need.

Habitat for Humanity of East King County hosts the 10th annual Together We Build project from Thursday through Saturday. The timing is meant to reflect the anniversary of the terrorist attacks — the initial impetus for forming the interfaith organization.

(Together We Build members also participated at the Issaquah construction site last week.)

Together We Build unites Christians, Jews, and Muslims to find common ground and learn from each other.

The group raises $20,000 to $50,000 each year. Most of the funds go to Habitat in order to fund homebuilding projects. In the last decade, Together We Build contributed $438,531 — or enough to build four homes.

“This group was formed to help create an understanding between people of different faiths,” Tom Granger, Habitat for Humanity of East King County executive director, said in a news release. “The fact that it has not only survived, but thrived for 10 years now is amazing. The leadership with Together We Build should really be commended.”

Together We Build members came to Issaquah last October to build homes in the highlands. The ongoing project offers a chance to reflect on 9/11 and help the community at the same time.

“It is our belief that the example of people of many faiths working together sends a lesson for the community,” said Dave Sanford, a longtime Together We Build participant and a parishioner at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Bellevue. “That message honors the victims of 9/11, showing that they were harmed not in the name of religion, but in the perversion of religion.”

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