HFH Calcasieu Area: Volunteers are heart and soul of Habitat -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

HFH Calcasieu Area: Volunteers are heart and soul of Habitat

Homeowner Jamie Goodwin smiles as she wraps up the sweat equity hours on her new home in Lake Charles, next-door to her father’s house.


Lake Charles, Louisiana –Work is slow but steady at the construction site of Jamie Goodwin’s new home in Lake Charles. The building, part of this year’s Carter Project, got off to a great start during the week of May 11, with about two dozen volunteers reporting for duty. Among the crew were 11 AmeriCorps workers and two spirited women known affectionately as Ms. Frances and Ms. Bea.

“They actually travel around and volunteer on Habitat sites all around the country,” said Emily Davault, development director at Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area. “Those two ladies were fantastic!”

Goodwin and her family should be moving into the finished house by the end of July, said Davault. And then it’s on to the next one.

“As soon as Jamie’s house is 90 percent complete, we will break ground on the second Carter Project house, which should be finished six to eight weeks later,” Davault said. “When that house is 90 percent complete, we will break ground on the third house, and six to eight weeks later, it will be ready for the homeowners.”

Habitat Calcasieu has about 30 volunteers scheduled to build during the next couple of weeks. Also, 36 employees of local Lowe’s stores have signed up to help make sure all three Carter Project houses are finished before year’s end.

“I would like to thank all our local volunteers and our sponsors,” Davault said. “Without them, none of this could have been possible. Their continued support for us keeps us moving forward.

“When someone volunteers,” Davault added, “they don’t give just their sweat; they give their heart. Every time they hammer a nail, paint a wall or push a broom, a little of them is left behind. The homeowners will never forget the volunteers who put their love and support into each home.”

How to volunteer:
Call 318-497-0129