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Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
August 29, 2011


Due to a disaster, I am also a recipient. When my home was destroyed by a tornado in 2005 killing 25 people, we all were offered a Habitat home. I worked my sweat equity hours but when I finished, I just couldn't have my new home only a of couple miles from where the tornado hit. Having worked with the Red Cross, I understood this was a natural phenomenon . Eighteen months later, that feeling passed, I worked another 350 sweat equity hours. Unfortunately, that red flag feeling wasn't the moving near the disaster area but shoddy workmanship and no one that takes responsibility to ensure corrections are made. Instead, standing behind an imposed warranty when issues are really warped gables, siding cut too short, gaps from butted to five inches, steps that don't meet code (one rise is correct, 7 inches, the highest is 8 1/2 inches.) Nails are coming through vinyl flooring and in my house over 25 nails/screws are coming through the ceiling in my hallway, kitchen and living room. On some properties, landscaping directs water down the recipients foundation, two houses have siding where the color does not match and two more have thermal reflection issues but again the recipient was not educated as to what caused this nor was there a suggestion in how to correct it. One if not two homes have mold which necessitated a company come in and took care of the mold. On one web site a responder called the recipient stupid and probably had a filthy house suggesting she only had to use bleach. The ignorant one was the the person who suggested bleach. Bleach kills the mold but it doesn't address the issue of where the mold is coming form. One house has water wearing away the concrete because of the possibility that the gutters are not handling the runoff due to maybe the improper pitch of the gutter. Another house has a window that was not installed properly and daylight can be seen coming through the frame. I have contacted Mr. Reckford, (twice)Mr. Klein, and Mr. Carter and did not get a response from any of them. As a volunteer I am embarrassed that this workmanship was OK's by a home inspector let alone a Habitat construction director or his designee. When I searched the Internet, I see errors even worse than the above have occurred. When is there going to be some sort of accountability by this organization?

Charline Bridgeman/volunteer/recipient.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Apparently there needs to be someone in a higher post that Habitat International that ensures these affiliates follow a standard guideline when it comes to construction, where houses are built above the 70% passing code requirements, 80% or higher would be better. All affiliates hire a Licensed construction contractor to insure construction is done right. After all, how many more minutes does it take to do things right and volunteers can learn to do it right.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unsure

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

It was hard as a female to get the men to take me serious at first but I can't tell you how much I looked forward to working with them. Everyone needs a social network and every Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Saturday until two o'clock, those needs were met. I had a ball while doing something good for someone else.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Fine tuned what I already knew.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

That there is more to life than the medical field.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteer.

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