The Pitt-Greensburg campus chapter arrived home safely Sunday afternoon. The following is president Marissa Shaffer's reflection on the last day on the work site, Friday.
Hello all! My name is Marissa and I am a senior and the Habitat for Humanity president at Pitt-Greensburg! This year was my fourth Habitat trip and it was still just as exciting as the first.
Friday was a bittersweet day on the work site because it was our last day working with our affiliate in Mississippi. Before we arrived at the house on Friday, we were told that we were working on a home for a veteran who was currently living in a home with no running water and no heat. After arriving at the home, we found that the veteran was living in what looked like a shed that someone would use to store tools or a lawn mower. Even though the living conditions were awful, the property was still a beautiful sight because of the new home that had been started right beside it. The structure of the house was already up when we arrived, and we were working on piecing it together by putting up soffit, installing windows and insulation, and more.
It was such an incredible sight to see our group of 26 helping a stranger that they had just met that day. As an experienced trip attendee, I was able to help teach the new members different things and take a step back to watch them experience what Habitat is all about. Our members were very willing to help with anything they could and to learn more about the home owner every time they had the chance.
Not only did we help the homeowner, but we were also able to help our Mississippi affiliate by donating a $2,000 check to them during our lunch break. This donation has been a tradition for the spring break trip since I have been a member and is something that I enjoy being a part of. There is no better feeling than bringing happiness to new home owners as well as our affiliates who put so much effort into helping those in need. I am so proud of our group this year for all their hard work and positivity on the trip.
Sadly, because I am a senior, this will likely be my last spring break trip unless I am invited as an alumnus in the future. Even if I don’t get to attend another trip, I hope to continue volunteering with the local Habitat for Humanity with my Habitat friends that I made along the way. Habitat definitely has a special place in my heart and the memories I made along the way will never be forgotten.