Habitat 2022: Wrapping Up Our 25th Build

We made it home safely! News of a snowstorm meant that we wrapped up this project a few hours earlier than originally expected. It’s hard to believe – so many months in the planning stages and then the days went by so quickly. The week brought new building skills, new team skills, a new awareness … Continued

Habitat 2022: Monday – Tired but Grateful

ERIN SASALA What a day it has been! Connor and I arrived to our destination at a quarter after 5 am. I was able to sleep in a little, which was such a blessing! The sun was out, the birds were singing, there was a floral aroma in the air, and the weather was gorgeous! … Continued

Habitat 2022: Sunday – We’ve Arrived

JENNIFER OKULEY We have arrived in Marion County, SC! The team members met in the Lourdes University Welcome Center at 5:45 am this morning for a picture and a blessing, and hit the road at 6:15 am. The drive was quite pleasant, and with pit-stops every two hours, it somehow made the drive seem much … Continued

Habitat 2020: Friday – A Low Country Boil

TRAE GAUBATZ and ANDRE SANDERSON Trae What makes a complete meal? As we close down our final day in North Carolina I find myself reflecting on the week. I know I am incredibly blessed and today has proven this even further. I have now experienced a “low country boil”. This is simply a bunch of … Continued

Habitat 2020: Thursday – Southern Hospitality

DANIEL HOLLIKER and JENN SOUTHERTON   Daniel Today was our third day at the worksite for Habitat for Humanity, and although it was quite a bit of work, it was a good experience. It has been great each day working with all the volunteers, both those from Lourdes and the local area. The group that … Continued

Guatemala 2019 – Meeting the People

Day #4 The community here consists of over 200 boys and girls with an age range of 6 years old to 19 years old. The Valley runs so well like a well-oiled machine. The selflessness and teamwork is the most amazing thing I have seen. When it comes to showers, morning/bedtime routines, meals, and their … Continued

Guatemala 2018: Looking Back on the Week

– by Laureen Knueven Here we are, the end of the week. As I sit here typing this blog in the Salon at the Valley my heart melts thinking about leaving these children, this experience and this time away from my normal routine. So much is going on in my mind right now and it … Continued

Guatemala 2018 – Language Beyond Words

– by Savanna Wilson Today was beautiful- not too much rain, not too much sun, not too much wind. Although this detail is minute in the grand scheme of things it made for the perfect weather to get outside and interact with the children, (mostly the girls). I find it so interesting how certain children … Continued

Guatemala 2018: Mano Amiga – A Helping Hand

– by Ainsley Quigley & Hope Rule Day 2 in Guatemala we experienced a lot that has humbled each of us in many ways in just a few hours.  Being here, you experience a lot of generosity, humbleness, kindness, and affection for one another. Today we helped out with the Mano Amiga program.  This program helps families … Continued