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.
Habitat for Humanity advisor Brian Root offers a brief “thank you” message to supporters of this year’s trip. Your financial support will make this year’s trip possible in various ways.
Click on the link below to hear from Brian!
Nails are some of the smallest components of the construction of a new home; yet they are the most vital in holding it together.
The roof of a home protects the family from the outdoor elements. It takes many roof shingles to protect a home.
The windows to a home allow the family to see out into the community. They also allow warmth and sunlight in while keeping the cold out.
Doors to a home provide the family with a sense of safety, security, and privacy. They allow the family to control who and what comes into the home.
Drywall and paint are what helps provide a finished look to the interior of a home. It helps to create a welcoming and warm atmosphere in the home.
A home truly becomes a home once it is furnished with appliances. Appliances are often amenities that complement the home and are crucial to a family's efficiency and day-to-day living.
Siding on the outside of the home protects the home from the elements and also puts a finishing touch on the home. It serves dual purposes and assures that a home will be protected for years to come.
The landscaping outside of the home helps extend a family's home into the outdoors. A yard provides a place for the kids to play, and other landscaping features increase a home's curb appeal.