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

September 11, 2011

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.

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Sept. 11 attacks spur interfaith group to help Habitat for Humanity

September 6, 2011

“What I’ve learned is that we all believe in one almighty God, that we are all to serve humanity and that’s how we serve God,” said Jawad Khaki, president of IMAN, a Northwest group for Muslims.

Khaki spoke during last year’s Together We Build project in Issaquah for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity of East King County.

Consisting of Muslims, Christians and Jews, Together We Build will hold its 10th annual construction project Sept. 8-10 and the following weekend of Sept. 15-17 at Habitat’s Issaquah Highlands development on Magnolia Street.

The days were specifically planned to bookend the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Together We Build grew in the aftermath of those attacks. Over the past 10 years, the organization has contributed more than $430,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

Learn more at www.togetherwebuild.org.

Help Habitat for Humanity build homes at Renton, Issaquah sites

March 1, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. March 1, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County is in the midst of construction on homes in the Issaquah Highlands and the Renton Highlands.

The nonprofit organization seeks volunteers to help build homes at the construction sites in March and April.

Volunteers can register at the Habitat website, or send questions to volunteer@habitatekc.org.

Habitat coordinators broke ground for the Renton Highlands project last June. Plans call for the community, called La Fortuna, to include 41 homes. The organization is also nearing completion on Issaquah Highlands homes.

The highlands site is a popular destination. Habitat received a hand from Seattle Storm players and the interfaith group Together We Build in order to complete the residences.

Faiths find common ground at Habitat build

October 26, 2010

Christians, Jews and Muslims unite

The common threads in Christianity, Islam and Judaism emerged as lunchtime conversation at a Habitat for Humanity jobsite in the Issaquah Highlands.

The builders, gathered around a table of halal sloppy Joes, had stopped for a midday respite in the middle of the annual Together We Build effort. The faith organization brings together Christians — both Catholics and Protestants — Jews and Muslims at Habitat for Humanity of East King County projects.

Darald Gesinger (left), a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of Together We Build, helps other Habitat for Humanity volunteers build framing for a wall of a home in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

Together We Build focuses on shelter, but the program also aims to build bonds among disparate faith communities and foster dialogue.

“What I’ve learned is that we all believe in one almighty God, that we are all to serve humanity and that’s how we serve God,” Jawad Khaki, Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest president, said last week.

The group hammered through the highlands jobsite in mid-October. Habitat for Humanity plans to house up to 10 families in the highlands homes.

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