Another successful build behind me with lots of wonderful memories and hope for the future for some lucky families!  Thibodaux, LA’s two-week build has just ended, and tomorrow I move to the other side of New Orleans and north to Covington for my first new build.  Thibodaux was rehab work as I have done previously.  We worked on several homes, removing old flooring, painting, cleaning, and installing new flooring.  The neighborhood we were in was all Habitat homes built in response to Oprah’s Angel Network and a sizable donation from Bon Jovi following the Katrina disaster.  The families have moved on for various reasons, and the homes need to be rehabbed and made new again.  Two of the homes we worked on are to be sold  to raise money for future builds.

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Every Habitat Care-a-Vanner team is different, bringing various personalities together to accomplish a miracle as the new home owners see it!  As one of the team, or even as the leader as I was this build, I am amazed at how eight very different people from all over the country with different interests and talents can gel so quickly and harmoniously complete a life-changing project for a family.

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Habitat’s vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission statement:
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

We met one lovely young woman who owns one of these homes. Because of the home she purchased, affordable through Habitat following Katrina, she was motivated to go to school and earn her nursing degree.  That same young woman who can now afford to buy a new home, is donating her current home back to HFH……what a full-circle blessing!

As we say each morning to start our work day, “Habitat is not a hand-out, but a hand-up.”  It is such a joy to know that we have made a difference in someone’s life and see it first-hand.  That difference will hopefully break the cycle of poverty and cause the future to shine brightly.  The volunteers, including the college students who give up their spring break partying to help Habitat, are phenomenal people who truly know the definition of love!

Moments of grace:  gratefulness for loving volunteers, dedicated staff, and joyful families.  The deep emotions generated by being physically able to reach out and help are overwhelming for me.  To see the tears and smiles are beyond measure.  Thank you, Lord!

Next entry:  a few photos from the local Mardi Gras parade.

 

 

 

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