Habitat for Humanity Mission
In a world where more than 80% of the population lives in poverty, Habitat for Humanity has made it their mission to help provide affordable housing options in over 1400 communities around the world. With programs for new construction, home repair, and advocacy, Habitat is working with families in every feasible way to help them feel secure in their living situations.
“A hand up, not a hand-out”
Through Habitat’s new-construction program, families and members of the community come together to build each home. On-site, there are a handful of full-time staff and regular volunteers to ensure new volunteers have the proper training and guidance they need for various daily tasks. With this support, no one should feel they are lacking the experience necessary to get involved.
“Strong, stable homes help build strong, stable communities. A decent place to live removes barriers to success that might have been a part of a family’s life for generations.” – Habitat for Humanity
Submaterial at Habitat for Humanity
Our team was excited to take part in this mission last week, as four of our staff spent the day at the Oshara Village build site in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our team worked on the roof-deck with other volunteers and members of AmeriCorps. Throughout the day, we learned how to secure trusses to the OSB decking at regular intervals with precision, and utilized a variety of tools for the job, including; chalk-lines, nail-pullers, circular saws, magnetic hammers, and more. Our team especially loved the tool-belts we wore on-site!
This experience taught each of us something new, and we cannot wait to return with more of our staff in the coming months!