To build a home

Submitted by Amy Zoethout on April 29, 2013 - 1:14pm
Joining a neighbourhood Habitat for Humanity build

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that, as a carpenter's daughter, I know very little about what it takes to build a house. I don't know how to use power tools, I don't know the specific way materials need to be put together to ensure structural integrity, I can hammer a nail, but hardly with the strength and speed I've seen from the professionals.

But I didn't let my lack of building skills stop me from quickly volunteering to help build the next Habitat for Humanity project happening right in my own backyard! The coming together of a community to build a home for another family was an experience I did not want to miss out on. Making the decision to join the project even easier was that this particular build is a Women Build - the majority of this project will be undertaken by women volunteers. For those volunteers who lack building skills, like me, we have been coming together weekly over the last several weeks to learn the basics of construction - how to use tools, how to put walls together, how to drywall, etc. Finally learning the process of how a home comes together has given me a greater appreciation for the work of my father and all construction workers - for the hands that carefully and skillfully create the spaces that we inhabit. To actually lend my hands to this work that will create a home for a family in my own neighbourhood is a journey I look forward to sharing with you here over the coming months.

We just celebrated the official ground-breaking for the build. As a volunteer, it was really exciting to see the actual build get under way and to know that we will soon have the chance to put our newly learned skills to good use. As a neighbour, I was thrilled to welcome a new family to the neighbourhood!

 

 

Comments:
Can't wait to hear more...

Amy,

Thanks so much for sharing this with us! I am so excited to read more about this as it unfolds.

I especially love the image of a neighbourhood coming together to create a home for a family- it's the gifts, time and energy of the collective that create a home. I especially love that it's women who are doing most of the work- wahoo!

When are they hoping this project will be completed? How many hours have you committed to helping- or, is it sort of when you have time you can spend, you go over to help?

Looking forward to hearing more!

Thanks Rachel, They are

Thanks Rachel,

They are hoping that the family can move in before school starts in September, which means we really have our work cut out for us! I'm intending on volunteering my time at least once a week. I was really moved by the number of people who have signed on to help throughout the whole process and I looked forward to scuffing up my shiny new work boots alongside them!