This past Saturday I traveled to Glassboro New Jersey with 9 other Temple students to help out at a build with Habitat for Humanity. After driving for about 45 minutes we arrived at the build at 8AM ready to do some heavy lifting and some serious hammering.
We started the day off by splitting our group of 10 into 2 groups of 5. Each group was sent to a different house in which we were instructed to start cleaning and prepping for the painters who would be coming by later in the week. In our house we were wiping down the walls and making sure each screw was securely in the wall and not sticking out. After wiping down the walls we had to clean the windows and vacuum / sweep the floor. I found a spider. It was gross, but I killed it.
After we finished prepping the two houses for the painters we moved on to another house. The development we were working at was a Habitat development which meant that all the houses were built by HFH. Out of the 12 houses there, about 7 of them were lived in and 5 were still being finished. The last house we worked on had an interesting story. The house itself was originally built by a group of students from a technical institute somewhere in New Jersey, then transported to the build site and placed upon a foundation. So technically the house was not attached to the foundation. In other words, if there was a really angry wolf walking around and blowing on houses, this house wouldn’t stand a chance. So our job was to attach it by putting metal plates over the foundation and the house and nailing it to pieces of wood. It was quite a hard task, needless to say my arms were quite sore the next day. My thumb was especially sore since I accidently hammered it at one point :-/ #oops
Overall we had a really great day. I was really grateful to be able to meet one of the owners of one of the houses we were working on. She informed me that not only does she have to put in 350 hours of sweat equity (ie. helping to build your own house) but she also has to put in an extra 200 hours either working on the house or working at a restore which is a store run by Habitat where they sell household goods that were donated from places like Home Depot and Lowe’s and discount prices. So if you own a Habitat house and don’t have a lot of money to furnish it, you can always go to your local restore and pick up some affordable items.
ahhh I <3 Habitat for Humanity
For more info on how to get involved with Temple University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity you can check us out on facebook at www.facebook.com/tuhfh