JCWP Brings Families Together
Father and daughter Keith and Laura Thompson work together to apply mastic to the wall of a Habitat house.
By Heather Wilkinson
Keith Thompson is no stranger to Habitat for Humanity’s house-building work. He started a Habitat affiliate in Florence, Ala., in 1989 and has been on five Global Village trips. Since moving to Greeley, Colo., he has been involved in raising funds for the affiliate there.
Keith says that he had always thought it would be fun to participate in a Jimmy Carter Work Project and decided to bring his daughter Laura to this year’s event in Veracruz.
Laura is a high school senior and plans to write her college entrance essay on her experience with the JCWP 2004. She is considering a major in international relations and says that working with people from around the world on the build site in Veracruz has encouraged her to pursue this field of study.
Keith says that it is important to him to involve his family in Habitat for Humanity’s work: “One of the things I enjoy about traveling with Habitat is meeting the people and getting my blessings from the homeowners. I want my children to have that experience too,” he says. “I want them to see that there are a lot of wonderful people all over the world.”