HFH St. Tammany West: Building houses, creating homes -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

HFH St. Tammany West: Building houses, creating homes

President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, meet three new homeowners—Joy Velez, Shawn Schexnayder and Joey Maddox—all of whom work at Habitat’s ReStore in Covington, La.

During the week of the 2008 Carter Project, 180 volunteers from 11 states—Georgia, California, Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, New York, Washington, Colorado, Louisiana and Illinois—and India helped build 12 houses in St. Tammany West in Louisiana.

Six homes were “dried in”—with roofs, walls, exterior doors and windows in place— and six were framed, according to Wendy Schneider, communications coordinator for Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West.

Before the end of the year, the affiliate and its partners will finish 18 more houses for the Carter Project, for a total of 30.

“Our volunteer surveys after the event were VERY positive overall,” said Schneider.

One volunteer commented: “Everything about this experience was amazing and truly wonderful! Everyone was enthusiastic, patient, knowledgeable and very organized. When I met the homeowner and her son, I gained a broader perspective on Katrina’s effects and saw how the house we were building was going to be a home. Thank you for the opportunity to help others!”

How to volunteer:
Call 985-893-3172 or visit www.habitatstw.org