Question 1: How long have you been involved with Habitat, and what got you interested in the organization?
I first heard of Habitat during some interviews with former President Jimmy Carter many years ago, and I was intrigued by the idea. I started working with a Non-Profit I ran to do Habitat builds in conjunction with annual conventions about five years ago, and I have loved it ever since.
After talking more with Derek and Rhett, I felt really good about the direction of this board and all the opportunities for helping the community. Since then, I have been thrilled with the professionalism and quality of the board.
Question 2: Do you get involved in builds personally? If so, what do you like working on?
I do get involved, and even though I am not a handyman, I like to climb the ladders, swing hammers, and cut things with the tools. I am not great with a paintbrush, but I have been known to use one when asked!
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?
I think the idea that all of the work is being given to the future homeowner without their personal contribution is a big myth. In reality, homeowners work very hard on the homes themselves and give a lot of hours to the project. These are wonderful people that simply need the help of people like us.
Partner families also demonstrate financial responsibility and have proven that they are willing to do what it takes to be successful. We partner with them and work as a team to help them become homeowners.
Question 4: Do you have any personal stories of interactions with clients that keep you motivated about the mission?
Unfortunately, I do not. I know from personal experience that home ownership makes a huge difference in personal pride, sense of accomplishment and enthusiasm for the future. I think our homeowners are proud of what they have accomplished and grateful for the assistance that they received.
Question 5: What do you do in your professional life before Habitat, and how is did that draw you here?
I am in the call center business, and I work every day with people that are among the more difficult to employ and that have an income that makes home ownership appear out of reach. The pride and dignity that my employees exhibit is an inspiration to me as they provide for their families and try to give more to the next generation than they had themselves. I am drawn to this work because I believe that people regardless of background have the potential inside them for greatness, and I want to be part of making that greatness possible.