Sunday, November 11, 2007

Habitat for Humanity

I helped build these two houses on South Oak Street here in Valdosta yesterday. It was quite an experience, and I encourage anyone with a similar opportunity to take advantage of it.

8 Comments:

At 5:01 AM , Blogger pamelastitch said...

I always wanted to volunteer with habitat for humanity but....life gets in the way sometimes...


:-)

nice houses!! What part did you build?

 
At 9:51 AM , Anonymous Heidi said...

Terrific! Fun, isn't it?

 
At 3:51 PM , Blogger Jinta said...

I would have loved the opportunity, not just for the satisfaction but because I had always wanted to experience a house being built from scratch. Well done.

 
At 8:14 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

@pamela - I mostly just carried things around, helped lift the walls up on the foundations, etc....

In the afternoon I was cutting things up with a table saw to use in the framing. I also did get up near the roof at the back of the house on the right.

@heidi - I really did have fund, a lot more than I was expecting to.

@jinta - It was one of the most overwhelming experiences I have had in terms of what humans can do in cooperation with one another.

 
At 7:41 AM , Anonymous Da Mario said...

Well this is just interesting, amazing actually. I'm from South Africa and find this very surprising. No, I'm not getting into politics...

Just normal people helping to build a house? I followed the link to Habitat, very nice. Can't see that it will work here however, half of what was build will be stolen each day.... or at least half the material.
Plus... that looks like a wood-house... I'm stunned....

Anyways, interesting blog!

Regards
Da Mario

 
At 8:33 AM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

@Da Mario - Habitat for Humanity has worked very well, particularly where there are strong community churches to provide support to the families who participate. The wood is an interesting story, since much of it is currently being provided by Canada as part of their reparations for "dumping" cheap pine lumber through clearcutting of their western forests. I would definitely agree that alternatives to wood are needed for housing. Steel in particular shows promise, although more specialized (i.e. "professional") skills are required for working with steel. Another potential problem with Habitat is the risk of injury on the job site, which can be considerable with inexeprienced supervisors. I was very impressed with the supervisors on this job site.

 
At 11:50 PM , Anonymous WSPC said...

An admirable project. I certainly admire those with the skills who are willing to help with these much needed projects.
Excellent blog.

WSPC
www.traveltripz.com

 
At 11:54 PM , Anonymous Kimberley Taylor said...

I've always wanted to do that; it must have been great. Good for you.
KHT

 

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