Bob and Joyce Daugherty
Our names are Bob and Joyce, a Christian couple married almost 45 years and living in Jacksonville, Florida. We are habitual Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
We first encountered Habitat for Humanity at Baylor University through our daughter’s enthusiasm for building a house on a flatbed truck in the middle of the campus. Bob was amazed that they were able to move the house undamaged to the home site.
The years to follow included participation in many different Habitat programs, including the Carter Work Project, Global Village and locally with the Wednesday Gang (HabiJax’s retired men’s group) and the Beaches Habitat’s All Women’s Build.
In January 2008, we participated in Disaster Corps’ “TRAIN, BUILD, JOIN” conference in Biloxi, MS. Later, we were deployed to Lafayette, Indiana to respond to homes damaged by Tippicanoe River flooding.
Our assignment was to help coordinate assistance to families in need and to monitor volunteer hours. Our activities quickly expanded to include the mucking out and restoration of damaged homes.
When deployed, it is important to retain a great degree of flexibility and patience, as needs may change rapidly.
In 2011, Joyce attended the CNCS sponsored Disaster Corps training in New Orleans, LA. Afterward, she was deployed to the St. Augustine/St. John’s County, Florida affiliate to review their Disaster Planning. During the deployment, the staff began to organize a Long Term Recovery Group. They teamed with organizations in the community and extended their Disaster Planning to include Recovery and Restoration.
Later, we accepted a Disaster Corps assignment to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, to provide assistance to families affected by weeks of flooding and a category 5 typhoon. In close coordination with the Queensland staff, we shared information learned from recent trainings and assisted the staff to address their many areas of need.
The past 10 years have been rich with unbelievable experiences. Meeting and working alongside people around the world as they attain their hopes and dreams of home ownership has been joyous. We continue to remain excited about each new assignment and its possibilities for challenge and growth.