MENNONITE WOMEN USA (MW USA) announces a new name and new coordinator for one of their important ministries. The Housewarmer Project ministry provides quilted wallhangings to individuals and families whose homes have been destroyed by disaster and have received a new or rebuilt home through Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS).
The Housewarmer Project’s newly appointed volunteer coordinator, Becky Koller, gathers quilted wallhangings from a network of volunteer quilters found across the US. Once gathered, Koller coordinates the distribution of The Housewarmer Project wallhangings with MDS during home dedication ceremonies.
Koller has been extensively involved with MDS projects as a volunteer in the past and has been in attendance at many home dedications. She has had the honor of presenting several new homeowners with one of The Housewarmer Project wallhangings from MW USA.
“When I present a wallhanging from The Housewarmer Project,” says Koller, “I say, ‘This wallhanging consists of a lot of small pieces to make a whole, complete piece. When you look at it, remember all the pieces it took to build your new whole, complete house. When you see all the different colors and patterns, remember all the different volunteers who worked on your house and shared their love with you.’”
Since its inception in 2004, quilt makers from across the United States have sent nearly 250 handmade quilted wallhangings to individuals and families celebrating a new beginning in a new home.
“For many women, The Housewarmer Project is a very fulfilling ministry,” says Marlene Bogard, Executive Director of MW USA. “Each wallhanging is not only a personal expression of creativity, but a gift of love to those who have experienced a disaster. I have no doubt many stitches are offered as prayers of hope and restoration to strangers who have lost so much. These little gifts of beauty are received with smiles, and often hugs and tears.”
For instructions on how to create and deliver a quilted wallhanging for donation to The Housewarmer Project visit: mwusa.org/housewarmer