Question 1: How long have you been involved with Habitat, and what got you interested in the organization?
We have been involved with Habitat since 2003 when we started helping to build homes on 146th St. We heard about Habitat for years, but had not done any builds or gotten involved until our church, Grace Community Church, sponsored the building of the homes at 146th, just east of Allisonville Rd.
Question 2: Do you get involved in builds personally? If so, what do you like working on?
I grew up in a building / real estate family so I guess construction has been a part of my life one way or another. I remember building things out of raw wood in my grandparents garage when I was a kid. I have always had the desire to work with my hands / fix stuff. I guess it is a gift or a passion of mine. As I grew up I always thought I would build homes and have my Dad sell them. This "building career" began in 1986 on a framing crew with Harry Linville. Harry pulled me aside when he gave me my first paycheck and told me to get rid of the Tinker Toy tools I had and buy Real tools. Hence the advent of my first 16-ounce hammer. I just loved the days when one of the "real framers" was out and I got to build the homes. I continued building through college. After falling from enough roofs, I realized I may not want to be a builder for a career, but building and working with my hands never left me. Fast forward to 2003 and Habitat was the "void filler." I was able to give back to the community and watch a simple task of mine become a future for someone else.
Question 3: Habitat has been around a long time, but people sometimes have misconceptions. What is a myth that you'd like to correct about the program?
The main myth I would like to change is that Habitat just builds homes...Habitat builds foundations for families to stand upon. Volunteers sign up to help build a home for someone "less fortunate," while they are transformed as a representative of God. Families work for, are educated and often improve their families lives once they become a Habitat Family!
Question 4: Do you have any personal stories of interactions with clients that keep you motivated about the mission?
Every family I have the opportunity to meet has made a difference in my life which motivates me to continue giving back to those who so richly invested in me.
Question 5: What do you do in your professional life before Habitat, and how is did that draw you here?
The position I have with Habitat is volunteer and so I maintain my "professional" life while giving back.