I learned all my building and home-repair skills from the kind and loving volunteers at Habitat. Then I got to be in charge of a build. Then I got to help with home - building in NOLA after Hurricane Katrina. There is no place like home -and Habitat gets you there!
I have had the opportunity to volunteer with HFH Stark/ Carrol Counties, Ohio since retirement in 2007. In addition to meeting and working with outstanding Christian gentlemen on work sites I have been able to give of my time to a most worthy cause that benefits our communities. This organization is truly Gods work in action. I have seen first hand the real need of people for affordable housing. The HFH ministry allows average men and women act as disciples to the less fortunate right here in our own area.
I RETIRED IN 2007 AFTER BEING IN THE WORKFORCE FOR 44 YEARS AND NEVER BEING LAIDED OFF 1 DAY. I WANTED WAYS TO GIVE BACK AFTER GOD HAD BEEN SO GOOD TO ME.MY WIFE SAID "WHY NOT GIVE YOUR TIME TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY?" THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, I DECIDED IT MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT FOR ME. THE GROUP OF PEOPLE I MET AND WORKED WITH WERE CARING, AND LOVING PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO DO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES. THEY USED THEIR GOD GIVEN SKILLS TO HELP THOSE WHO NEEDED AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WHAT AND OPPORTUNITY! THE BEST PART WAS THAT I HAD A CHANCE TO SHARE MY FAITH AND WITNESS TO OTHERS IN A REAL AND DEFINED WAY. I HAVE MET GREAT PEOPLE, SHARED HARD WORK, LEARNED HOW TO DEVELOP NEW SKILLS, AND SHARE REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES. IT HAS BEEN A JOY.
Habitat for Humanity is truly a social justice ministry. Almost all partner families I have worked with are"working poor", families in need of decent housing who were previously exiled to substandard housing, often in areas where gangs, drugs and prostitution kept the children isolated for their own safety. The partner families have often taken on the care of children of their weaker siblings. Many times the partner families have handicapped children to care for. Somehow they manage these circumstances and still find the time to put in hundreds of sweat equity hours, honoring their commitment to Habitat and to their children. And with the equity they build in their homes, they often manage to provide a better start for their children than they had themselves.
Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that changes the lifes of the partner families, volunteers, and the entire community. It is amazing what a group of people, a few tools, and a load of lumber can turn into.
I am honored to be a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity since 1998 as an undergraduate at Walsh University (N. Canton, Ohio) and continue to work with the Univeristy and Habitat for Humanity to provide the same life changing experiences to the current students.
I've been a volunteer since 2001. It continues to be a blessing in my life. We build homes for the working poor in parts of our community I did not even know existed. This experience has raised my awareness of the needs of the less fortunate in our community and has given me the opportunity to reach out to help them in a very tangible way. Through the efforts of this Christian non-profit organization we are changing our neighborhoods in a positive way, while offering famiies the chance ot own thier own homes, while thus breaking the cycle of poverty.
The work of Habitat is rewarding not only for the eventual homeowners, but for the volunteers and site supervisors as well. Working on these houses is truly a labor of love for most of us and our lives would be significantly reduced if we were not involved with Habitat.