Friday, March 9, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Laredo TX 2012

Habitat for Humanity

Ben Jakeway:
Today team “Danny” challenged team “Boof” to a shed building contest. Both teams put forth a solid effort but the winner has not yet been determined… The high today reached a scorching 92° F. Everyone is excited for a Mexican fiesta tonight. The food will most likely be scrumptious.

Johnna Bankston:
Today, March 8, 2012, was the hottest day since we have been here. Working through the heat, myself Ben and Tarell, as well as some of the professional workers, worked on the shed in the back of our house. We almost had it all completed in one day’s time frame. But due to not having enough materials we couldn’t finish. Tonight is the Fiesta that everyone has been waiting for. I can’t wait to try the food!

Francisca Rodriguez:
Our week on the Habitat Work site is coming to an end soon. This week went by so fast for me and I am sure for many others as well.  I came into this week knowing a few people on the 2012 habitat team and will be ending it knowing even more people than just our team of 30 people.  The Habitat team was split into two teams, and worked side by side on separate houses throughout the week.  I got the task of using the nail gun to secure the cement siding on the house.  The process was really frustrating at first to line up the boards correctly and deal with all the small details of a “siding” job.  Even though I would get frustrated, I realized why I was getting frustrated and what really mattered.  I was getting so frustrated because after meeting the families I wanted our work to be perfect for them when they finally got the chance to move into their first home.  I realized after talking to one of the home owners that they are not about the nitty gritty details, they are just grateful that we are there to help. The siding team nearly finished the whole house in 4 days.

When I talked to the construction adviser he told me that if he were to do one side of the house with one other worker it would have taken him one whole week. I was blown away and happy to know we really do make a difference by doing what we do. This has been a great week, I am sad that it is coming to an end but I cannot wait till next year and do it all over again!

Habitat for Humanity Laredo TX 2012 Group

Anna Stoiber:
After five Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenges, I was finally able to work side-by-side with a homeowner.  It was a pleasure working on the shed with Ramiro, the future homeowner; however, the language difference was the most difficult aspect of the workday. I really needed to brush up on my Spanish! Ramiro is very handy so he was able to explain/demonstrate the next task. We were able to finish almost all of the siding and begin the roof! I was reminded today of why I participate in these trips – I do it for the families. There are so many people that are in desperate need of safe, affordable housing, and I am happy to share my time and talents with them. It was a great end to this spring break!

Kristin Wilson:
This week has been one of the most rewarding weeks I have ever experienced!  At the beginning of the week, I found my new best friend…a nail gun!  Today was the hottest day of the trip, but Team Danny still got a lot accomplished, including almost getting the shed completely sided. We also got to work with our homeowner, Romiro. He was extremely helpful throughout the day with building the shed. However, he did not know any English, so communication was a little difficult, but we worked through it. I have had so much fun this week, and I wish it did not have to end. Everyone here with Habitat for Humanity were extremely nice and helpful. I have learned so much, made new friends, and feel as if I have grown as a person. I have a greater appreciation for what I have and all of the experiences I have gone through. This trip is not even over, and I am already excited for next year! This was the best spring break ever!

Emily Ferguson:
Today is day four on the Habitat trip. So far I have had many new experiences and for that I am very thankful.  I have had the opportunity to meet individuals who are more than welcoming and very appreciative for what we are doing.  Working on a house has brought about many new challenges. It is difficult when the information is all new to you and can be difficult working with other individuals for multiple days in a row. Over all, this has been a rewarding experience. I have learned how to use power tools and to work with my teammates.  The sun has been hot and draining on our bodies, but we managed it all week long. Today I had the opportunity to test out my Spanish with the workers. Although I was a bit rusty, I did just fine!  I enjoy being in a different environment and being in a new setting. This week has been a great time and I am looking forward to the trip next year!!

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