My First Habitat for Humanity Project


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Hard at Work

How do you spend your Saturdays?  Most of the time, I find myself wasting my spare time instead of being productive.  I make neat to do lists that I never complete.  It’s just a bit frustrating.  In a change of pace, this past Saturday, I utilized my time wisely.  I may not be a philanthropist handing out checks like Oprah, but I can volunteer my time.  I’ve done many volunteering activities throughout the year, but I’ve never worked with Habitat for Humanity.

I’ve always wanted to work on a build project, and even though this was the final day, it was still an amazing experience!  St. John’s in College Park had adopted a Liberian family six years ago and helped them flee their war-torn country for the American dream.  The family has slowly adjusted to life in the Atlanta, GA, with the helping hands of the community.  Their story is amazing, and I’m so blessed to have been apart of it.  Plus, I can’t beat the combination of volunteering and learning new skills.  I’m no handyman, but I can stain a porch now!

The Habitat for Humanity branch in Atlanta, GA has done a remarkable job in the community.  The subdivision the house was located in, was built entirely of Habitat homes.  They’ve helped Katrina families, lost boys of Sudan, and more with the gift of shelter.

As much assistance as Habitat for Humanity offers these families, they, in and of themselves, earn their rights to own their homes.  They buy their homes from Habitat, and they are hard working members of society.  These families must qualify for their homeownership, which is a great idea to ensure their eventual success and assimilation.  Unlike Habitat for Humanity, some families who are given homes on “House Makeover” end up loosing their dream home because they can’t keep up with the maintenance cost and utility bills.  Extravagance isn’t always the answer.  It is often the simpler path that leads to success and happiness.

This is the house dedication:

Mohammed and Sarah’s family:

After spending my Saturday alongside this family, I couldn’t have chosen a more grateful and deserving family to get a home.  It’s amazing to see how much their lives have changed in six years.  This family is living proof that you can control your own destiny.  We are not all blessed to be born in the right place, and as someone with a similar, lucky story, thank you to all who’s helped me.

One thought on “My First Habitat for Humanity Project

  1. Liberia is an interesting history. It was a country created by the US in a hopes of being able to permit African slaves to go to Africa. It hasn’t been much of a success. When I was in the area back in 1999 the civil war was officially over but the infrastructure was non-existent, so I didn’t visit.
    One thing about most West Africans I met was even though they often didn’t have much, they were hardworking, diligent and caring. I hope they settle in well in their new community.

    And what’s with you calling yourself Tennessee on my blog? You have a name you know. 😉
    Also, good for you for volunteering.

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