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‘If I can do it, anyone can do it’

Photo: Michael A. Schwarz

AmeriCorps volunteer Dianne Grant helped build House #6 this week during the JCWP in Detroit.

Dianne Grant from Columbia, Md., is a member of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. The NCCC engages young adults ages 18 to 24 in service projects with nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity. Dianne has worked on a number of projects throughout her AmeriCorps service, but working with Habitat has been one of the most memorable for her.

Dianne says that it has been a pleasure getting to know the HFH Detroit staff this week and that she has enjoyed the energy on the build site and the chance to learn new things. “The pleasant atmosphere on site makes you want to come back,” she says. “It’s very inviting. You don’t have to have construction skills, just a willingness to serve.”

Being able to serve others through a physical activity like house building is particularly meaningful for Dianne, who is a recovering multiple sclerosis patient. Participating in the JCWP this week has given Dianne a chance to build up her strength and to accomplish something that many people thought impossible just a short time ago. “I was paralyzed for four years and the doctors told me I’d never walk again,” she says. “If I can do it anyone can do it.”

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