Families in Transition

Incarnation is a place where we strive to support families as they grow in faith, and we recognize the importance of serving others in a way that connects them to each other and to those they serve.

Families in Transition is Incarnation’s umbrella for some local outreach ministry activities. These ministries focus on serving families who may be experiencing difficult circumstances in the times of transition that take place in the life of every family. Wherever possible, the partnerships in this ministry area have a relational component.

These local ministry opportunities provide a wide variety of ways that people at Incarnation can serve in ongoing commitments or one-time activities that will be transformational for those being served as well as for those who are serving.

Incarnation’s formal Families in Transition Ministry Partners include:

Solid Ground

2020 Habitat for Humanity and the Holy Hammers Volunteer Update

Great News! The Holy Hammers are proceeding with plans to build a home which will occur later in the season than is typical and with significant changes to keep people safe given the health risks of COVID-19.

Registration to volunteer is now open. For those of you who would consider serving, below are key points you may want to know regarding the site and the safety precautions. All who are 18 years or older, are welcome to volunteer for construction. Youth 16 or 17 years may also volunteer but must be accompanied by an adult from the same family and/or household, since this youth and adult will work together in close proximity with each other.
Safety Precautions are outlined below; a more detailed list of precautions are here.
  • Site Location: 588-590 Wells Street, St. Paul
  • When: 8 weeks starting Monday, July 13 through Friday September 4
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Limited hours are in place to allow time for special cleaning before and after volunteers are working. Volunteers should not arrive early for their shifts.
  • Project:  Twin houses (1 building), two stories. Site will be capped, so the Holy Hammers will be doing framing.
  • Protective Gear Requirements: Everyone must wear protective masks. You are encouraged to bring your own cloth mask if you have one but TCHFH will provide one if you don’t have your own. Disposable gloves will be provided. You can wear your own work gloves. Frequent hand washing and sanitation is encouraged. Volunteers are asked to maintain physical distancing on site whenever possible.
  • Food/Drink: Bring your own bag lunch, snacks and water. Unfortunately, this year, there will not be food provided for you nor are their volunteer opportunities to prepare and serve food.
  • Volunteer Registration: Anyone who wishes to volunteer, must sign up in advance on Volunteer Hub. The Volunteer Hub will limit the number of volunteer registrations to eight each day. This is an open signup to all Holy Hammers congregations. There will not be assignments of particular congregations to particular weeks. Registration to serve on a particular day will be on a first come basis. There are only construction volunteer opportunities this year and no food preparation volunteer opportunities. 
  • Safety Orientation: Each volunteer must watch a safety orientation video before signing up to volunteer. The Volunteer Hub system will require you to answer a question about whether you have watched the video and to agree to a new, modified liability waiver.

About Habitat for Humanity and the Holy Hammers

Incarnation partners informally with Habitat for Humanity through the Holy Hammers. Although Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is not a formal ministry partner of Incarnation, each year many people from Incarnation work together with a coalition of churches in the metro area to build or rehab homes each spring. Questions about Habitat for Humanity? Contact Jim Fruehling.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 with the mission of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness. That is an ambitious goal and Incarnation has been supporting this dream since 1991 when Incarnation built its first Habitat home. In 1999, Incarnation joined several area churches to form the Holy Hammers. This coalition now includes 14 churches which has built 19 single-family houses, parts of eight others, provided housing for more than 111 people, and donated almost one million dollars to sponsor the construction projects.


Questions about Families in Transition? Contact Becky Benson.