Volunteers work to build the Pope Francis House in NE Houston

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) -- An anonymous donor approached the Houston Habit for Humanity, challenging the organization to build a house in honor of Pope Francis. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, more than 300 volunteers are expected to help complete the project.

The project provides volunteer work in Houston and honor Pope Francis' message of commitment to social justice. Construction began September 19 and continues each Saturday through October 17.

"When Houston Habitat for Humanity approached the Archdiocese with the Pope Francis House, we knew this was the perfect project for young adults," Gabriela Karaszewski, director of the Office of Young Adults and Campus Ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said.

Allison Hay with the Houston Habitat for Humanity said the organization was challenged to bring as many volunteers as possible to complete the house.

"The pope wants the whole world to be merciful, and despite our material wealth in America and despite the construction boom in Houston, there are families that are still without a home," Karaszewski said. "We don't have to leave the country or our state to help; we can just look at our own backyard to help."

Houston Habitat for Humanity and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said the Pope Francis House is expected to be completed by Christmas.
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