Habitat volunteers are a diverse group, but all have a heart for service. Meet a few of the people who have given of their time and talents in Jacksonville.
Sheri is a Jacksonville resident and member of St. Paul's Methodist Church. When the homeowner of the house her church is sponsoring moves in, she plans to give a housewarming gift of sugar, for the sweetness of a good home; salt, because there will always be some bitter times; bread, so there will always be food on the table; and a non-alcoholic wine, for celebration. Volunteering with Habijax is an opportunity to expand the missions program at her church. "This is one of the ways we can give back some of what God's blessed St. Paul's with," she says.
Several teenage JCWP volunteers are participating in Youthbuild, a program in which incarcerated youth learn job skills through building Habitat houses. One volunteer said that before the experience, his attitude toward life was fairly negative, but now he has changed. He plans to become an apprentice in the construction industry upon his release and someday he wants to own his own business. "That's what the program is really about: change," he says.
Jane McCarthy, Dierdre Cormican, and Lesley Hamilton
These three women traveled farther than most to build in Jacksonville; they're from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Although the construction techniques in Jacksonville were different than what they are used to, it didn't take long for them to become quite comfortable on a roof. Back at home, HFH Belfast is working hard to build homes and communities by bringing together Catholics and Protestants. "It's a constant process of working and encouraging activities with the homeowners to keep the sense of community," Jane says.