YADC is proud that one of its participants, Terrion, completed a service-learning project at Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity. He is a hard-working participant and wrote a reflection of his time working at the construction sites that he is sharing below. *To learn how you can volunteer at Habitat for Humanity in the Kalamazoo area, click here!
"During my 6 weeks working at Habitat I experienced multiple things I never thought I would. In the first week of working with the employees at habitat I learned how to do siding of a home. During siding, you have to do a lot of cutting and measuring. When measuring you have to be very accurate or it can be difficult to put the siding exactly the way you want it to be. In the 2nd and 3rd week I did more of the same work on a home located on the Eastside of Kalamazoo. In the 4th week working with habitat we went to another home and I used some pudding like goo to cover up the holes that were in the furnace and where your heat flows through so that when you decide to turn your heat on in your home, that heat goes exactly where you expect it. During the last 2 weeks of working with the group at habitat, I helped with the framing of a home located on the Southside of Kalamazoo.
Being a part of the Habitat team was a positive and productive group to work with. Everyone in the group is friendly and treats you with the respect you expect from others and they’re there to help you and make sure you are in a safe environment and have fun while working to complete the task for the day. I learned something different from everyone. Lee was my site supervisor, and he was a great communicator. He was in charge of making sure that everything got done and he was the person that anyone could go to if they needed something. He was a great example of leadership for me.
The biggest surprise for me in the work I did wasn’t much of a surprise; it was more of a joy feeling knowing that I was helping a family in the community create the home they desired and that that wasn’t something I would see myself doing now or in the future. I would encourage any and everyone to get involved with the great things they do in the communities!"
Thanks to Lee and to Michealyn at Habitat for helping to make this experience possible!
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