The Restoration Run is April 1 - Join the Race to Restore Our City!


Online registration is now open for the annual Community One Restoration Run 5K/10K! Kick off the Spring season with this timed 5K/10K event that will take place on Saturday, April 1 at Crossroads Christian Church at 10800 Outer Lincoln Avenue in Newburgh.

The Restoration Run's goal is to raise awareness of housing needs in our city. Proceeds from this year's event will directly benefit our home repair program - providing tools and materials for volunteer-based housing repair projects that restore homes and bring hope to our neighbors all across our city.

This is a timed event and medals will be awarded for the top 5K/10K run finishers in each age / gender bracket. Other event-day opportunities include a 1-Mile Walk and a 5K Walk.

Get all the details and register today at!

611 Jefferson Avenue Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - September 27, 2016


We are thrilled to be dedicating the recently renovated home at 611 Jefferson Avenue in Evansville's Tepe Park neighborhood on Tuesday, September 27. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM. The public is invited to attend.

This renovation project is part of a growing initiative to bring housing restoration to the Tepe Park neighborhood, which has some of the highest rates of vacant and distressed housing in the city of Evansville.

The volunteers and supporters of Community One are excited to restore this home and to offer decent, affordable housing in this neighborhood. We believe the renovation of 611 Jefferson Avenue also marks the start of a renewed vision for housing in the Tepe Park neighborhood, and that in the coming years it will be followed by a combination of blight removal, housing restoration, and new housing construction--by Community One and other housing partners and agencies--that will bless and uplift this neighborhood.

Funding for this project was provided by donations from Vectren Corporation, the City of Evansville Endowment Fund, private donors, and with proceeds from the sale of homes previously renovated by Community One.

This home was restored by volunteers from Crossroads Christian Church with professional serves donated or discounted by Advanced Disposal, Benny's Flooring, SWAT Pest, Lampton Home Improvements, Alside, Guttertech, Kight Home Center, Ridge Nursery, Sherwin Williams Paints, Simms Painting, American Windows, Mike's Flooring, Home Depot, Hahn Brothers Drywall, John Lehman Contracting, Boyd Electric, and Gary's Plumbing.

This home willbe sold to qualified homebuyers with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. For details, please contact Community One at 812-250-6888 or

Mary Street Housing Project Groundbreaking Ceremony - July 28, 2016


Community One is pleased to announce the groundbreaking celebration of the Mary Street Housing Revitalization Project on Thursday, July 28. The event will begin at 10:00 AM and will include a groundbreaking ceremony with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the Executive Directors of Community One, HOPE of Evansville and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville. The public is invited to attend.

The Mary Street Housing Revitalization Project is an exciting initiative of the newly-formed collaborative group called HOUSE (Housing Organizations United Serving Evansville). The project combines the unique resources and capabilities of local housing organizations working together to remove blight and develop new affordable housing through a combination of new housing construction and the renovation of existing vacant housing.

"The Mary Street project is a great example of what can be done when we work together. This project showcases how the City of Evansville, private housing agencies, and community funders can all work together to have a significant impact in the effort to remove blight and restore decent, affordable housing inthe Jacobsville neighborhood and all over our city. This is collaboration at its very best." said Eric Cummings, Executive Director at Community One.

Community One is the sponsoring agency for the project, coordinating the housing agency partnerships, site acquisition, and demolition of the blighted structures. Community One will also be restoring an existing vacant home at the site. HOPE of Evansville and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville will be constructing new affordable homes on the site once the existing blighted homes are removed.

Kelley Coures, Executive Director of Evansville's Department of Metropolitan Development, added "This project is a great example of public and private partnership in re-purposing blighted properties for new housing in Evansville. We anticipate more projects like this thanks to collaborative groups like HOUSE and the development of the Evansville Land Bank."

Community One Golf Outing - October 7, 2016


Join us for the 2016 Community One Golf Outing on Friday, October 7 at Cambridge Golf Course for a great day of early-autumn golf and fun!

This year's event includes great hole-in-one prizes at all of the course par 3 holes, including a chance to win $10,000! Other competitive games include Closest to the Line, Closest to the Hole and Longest Putt. Visit our golf website for all the details!

Here's How to Participate (select one):

Schedule of Events:
Registration Opens: 11:00 AM
- Lunch is served: 11:15 AM
- Golf Starts: 12:00 noon
- Awards: Immediately following golf

Registration Includes:
Lunch & Refreshments
- Greens Fees & Cart Rental
- Competitive Games & Prizes
- Helping Restoring Our City!

Your Participation & Sponsorship Makes a Difference
In supporting the Community One Golf Outing, you are directly contributing to the restoration of housing in our city.
But more importantly, you are bringing hope to people who have great needs that they cannot meet themselves.
Helping people simply because they need help is the essence of "loving your neighbor as yourself." It brings hope to people and it's at the heart of everything we do.

Our volunteer-based restoration work touches lives in countless ways, including providing peace of mind in having decent shelter, relieving the pressure of code enforcement actions, reducing blight, providing relief from high utility costs due to poor weatherization, increasing the value and durability of homes and inspiring others to repair and maintain their homes.

We also bring hope to families by transforming vacant dilapidated housing into high-quality, energy-efficient affordable housing in neighborhoods that need renewal.

We appreciate your support, and we invite you to learn more about Community One and how you can join us in...
Restoring Homes. Restoring Neighborhoods. Restoring HOPE.

Have event questions? Please email Paula Wurmnest or call at 812-250-6888. Thank you!

Evansville's Next Chapter - Why Your Work Matters (Part 3 of 3)


My first job did not matter. By that I mean the work I did was not the kind of work I thought mattered. What was the job you ask? I was a high school senior eager to work in "full time" (sarcastic quotes?you'll see, keep reading) ministry, so my churchdecided the best thing for me to do on official ministry business was tear down chairs and tables and set up other chairs and tables on Sunday afternoons. Yep, you got it right. I was a janitor, or at least I had janitorial duties for a few hours every week. I had the keys to the janitorial closet, but for me, the first job became about a paycheck--a very small paycheck.

Why do you work? Stop and think about it for 10 seconds. How do you answer that question?

Why do we spend the majority of our childhood and young adulthood preparing to enter the workforce? I am convinced your answer produces one of two perspectives about work: it's either life giving or life draining. Follow along, and I'll be more clear.

In our culture we typically view work in three ways. See if you agree.

The first way we view work is to make it about survival. We work for the paycheck, so that we have money, so that we can survive (or thrive if we make a lot of money). In this view of work, the actual work is just a by-product; it is not really important. The important thing is what work can get you. It's a means to an end: money.

Dorothy Sayers, an English writer who lived in the early 20th century explained it like this:

"A very able surgeon put it to me like this: "What is happening," he said, "is that nobody works for the sake of getting the thing done. The result of the work is a by-product; the aim of the work is to make money to do something else. Doctors practise medicine, not primarily to relieve suffering, but to make a living--the cure of the patient is somethingthat happens on the way. Lawyers accept briefs, not because they have a passion for justice, but because the law is the profession, which enables them to live."

With this view of work, we begrudge our jobs and in turn we believe society owes us something; we get entitled. What most of us demand from society is that we should always get out of it a little more than the value of the labor we give to it.

By this process, we persuade ourselves that society is always in our debt--a conviction that not only piles up actual financial burdens but also leaves us with a grudge against society. Now we lack effort in our work. We start cutting corners. Mentally we work Monday through Thursday and are on cruise control or Facebook on Friday.

Second, we make work about status. After graduating me from janitor, that same church brought me back on "staff" as an intern a few years later. And then again two more times! Outside of that one church, I had an additional 5 internships to make it a total of 8. You read that correctly. I had 8 internships, all of them in "full-time" ministry.

Status in our culture is directly related to our idea of personal identity. I dreaded telling new people I was an intern (especially after the first few). When work is equated with status, it really matters what we do, but again, not for the sake of the work itself, but because of what it does for us. We either love to tell people what we do, or we'd just rather not.

Pursuing our career, with this view of work, answers our deepest questions like "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" Once we find a job that answers those questions, we work extra hard to maintain that status. We will burnout completely or become a workaholic.

For example, I found myself viewing work as a status when I questioned my identity. Questions like "Am I qualified?" lead to thoughts like "I don't have what it takes" and "I'm never going to be anyone." I was totally absorbed in the idea that my work defined me. If I loved my job, I loved my life. If I didn't love my job, I hated my life. It is two sides of the same coin called pride.

The third way we view work is to make it about significance. After my internships, I wanted to do work I deemed significant. If I could do significant work, then work could be meaningful. It would be enjoyable, life giving, and motivating. I completely agree with this idea. The problem is what Christians have traditionally determined as significant work.

If you want to be the best Christian you can be, you've probably gotten the message from somewhere that you should be a pastor, missionary, or seminary professor ("professional theologian").

In other words, there is a clear divide between sacred work and secular work. But this division is a theological misunderstanding, and its consequences are quite damaging.

When we lift up a particular kind of work that is determined to be more significant than other work because it is"spiritual," the result leads to the conclusion that the Great Commission is the work of the professional Christians. Who is supposed to make disciples? The church leaders. And we support them by working and then giving a portion of our paycheck to support the ones doing the really spiritual and significant work. Or, we are allowed to view our jobs as just a platform for talking about Jesus with people who do not know Him.

With this view, the Church cannot engage culture because faith has nothing to say about work, where we primarily spend the bulk of ourtime and energy. And, work is degraded because work is disconnected from faith.

The truth is all work matters to God, humanity, and for eternity. Is that reason enough to reevaluate your perspective on work?

Your work matters to God.

Work is not a human invention. God worked when He created. Then He called the product of His working good. In Genesis 2:15, God then tells Adam to work. He gives him manual work (cultivating the garden) and intellectual work (naming the animals).

Why did God give Adam work? Because we are made in the image of God, the Creator who works. In Part 1 of this series, Meredith Kline, Tim Keller, and Henry Drummond made a strong case that the cultural mandate given to humanity in the beginning of time was the dominion of creation for the purpose of building civilization (Gen. 1:28-30; 2:15, 19-20). That civilization-building activity (work) requires humanity (us) to be both co-creators and co-cultivators in God's creation.

So, work is the expression and fulfillment of being made in God's image, and we have the distinct privilege of continuing and completing the work God began.

The bottom line is this: all work is sacred work.

The implications of this are huge. First, all work is sacred. There is no sacred/secular divide, especially when it comes to work. Here's how Dorothy Sayer's puts it:

"How can any one remain interested in a religion, which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life? The Church's approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables. The worst religious films I ever saw were produced by a company, which chose its staff exclusively for their piety. Bad photography, bad acting, and bad dialogue produced a result so grotesquely irreverent that the pictures could not have been shown in churches without bringing Christianity into contempt. God is not served by technical incompetence; and incompetence and untruth always result when the secular vocation is treated as a thing alien to religion."

Ouch. Does that sound familiar? She wrote that decades ago! This is why work matters.

The second implication is that work creates. The carpenter Sayers spoke of makes good tables, thereby creating value and something useful to society. What that means is we can transform culture through our work. Through your work, you are contributing to the Kingdom of God. You are building into what God originally intended for humanity, whether you are a gamer, plumber, businessman, educator, doctor, or lawyer. Every profession contributes uniquely to a place's culture.

The key question is what kind of culture are we creating through our work?

Your work matters to humanity.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:9-13, the apostle Paul writes to Christians who weren't working! They were waiting on Jesus to return instead. He tells them to work because it shows their love for others. They contribute to what is happening in the world and provide for themselves. Martin Luther references Psalm 145 and 147 to demonstrate that God provides food for all living things through work (plowing and planting) and secure cities through good city planning and hard working administrators.

Work matters to humanity because, as Christians, we get to be God in disguise when we work. We are distributing the gifts of God through our work, contributing to the common good of those around us, to our city.

Christians must be people concerned for the common good. Work produces goods and services that enable communities to flourish. This is altogether different from a survival or status understanding of work, and it redefines the significance understanding of work we often adopt.

Your work matters for eternity.

The work you do is part of a grander story. A story where you play a role, but you didn't write the script. Our work now will be flawed and difficult because of the fall. But it is still good, and it matters. And it will matter for all time.

At the end of time, the result of the co-laboring between God and humanity is clear: it is a city where God, humanity, and all creation dwell together in union and flourish in justice, fulfillment, and delight.

Revelation 21:1-2 says, "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God." We have moved from a garden in the beginning to a city in the end.

Do you have a bigger vision for how your work contributes to this grander story--the story of the Creator inviting the crown of His creation to work alongside Him toward the ultimate completion of His grand vision?

Consider this:

Arts -- vision to express God's creation and heartbeautifully, perfectly

Business -- vision to create wealth and prosperity

Education -- vision to teach, grow, and pass on character/values

Government -- vision of sound rule

Health Care -- vision to relieve suffering

Media -- vision of telling the truth

Lawyer -- vision of justice

Social Sector -- vision of charity and care

Imagine what kind of city Evansville could be if all those who follow Jesus here took this perspective of work to heart every day. I believe we would have a transformed city--one that looks more and more like the city God envisions for Evansville.

Ross Chapman, Evansville City Transformation

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