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A life of service begins with an answered prayer

By Meredith Nelson

Meredith Nelson is an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program. Photo courtesy of Meredith Nelson

During the last couple months of college, a friend of mine mentioned the AmeriCorps program. I had always wanted to work with nonprofits, so I became intrigued by this idea of a year of service.

After the extensive application process, I had my profile ready and began applying for positions all over the United States. It wasn’t until my grandmother mentioned her good friend Pat Decker, director of U.S. operations at Habitat for Humanity International, that I learned about Habitat’s AmeriCorps program.

Pat connected me with Terry Gaar, who interviewed me for the position of community outreach coordinator for Habitat’s Women Build program. Almost positive that this was the position I was praying for, I vividly remember crying in my car one night, hoping and praying God would provide me with this opportunity. The next morning, I received a call from human resources and was accepted into the program.

Habitat has been a blessing to work for and truly an inspiration for my future career. I thought I would be helping affiliates across the U.S., but it’s been much more than that. I have learned more about my strengths and weaknesses, my morals and where I believe God can use me best. I am absolutely thankful for this year of service and cannot wait to see what comes next.

As this is my first year, this will also be my first Build-a-Thon event. Specifically, we are honoring Veterans during our Build on the Mall. I look forward to telling you more about my experience in Washington, D.C., as we build three wheelchair ramps and seven house frames, to honor each branch of the military and National Service.