Every month, a group of SaddleBrooke women that play together on a 4.0 interclub tennis team gather to do something fun and exciting off the court. In October they decided to put their skills to good use by helping a deserving family build their first house at a Habitat for Humanity building site. On October 21, the group of enthusiastic carpenters set out at 5:30 a.m. for south Tucson. The weather was stormy and many believed the trip might end with a nice breakfast. But after arriving on site, the clouds parted and a glorious sunny day gave way to lots of hard work!
We donned our hard hats and work gloves and worked alongside two members of the family receiving the house. They are refugees from Sudan and came to the United States in 2008. Family members are required to work 500 hours on the house, go to classes on how to maintain the house, be a good neighbor and they are provided an interest free mortgage.
After much instruction and help from volunteer Habitat for Humanity staff, we completed the task of raising two walls. It took us about five hours. Some of the gals were terrific with a hammer and some of us were very challenged to get a nail in without bending it.
Linda Linegar organized this outing. Additional participants were Mary Whitehead, Cheryl Simpson, Nancy Hunter, JoAnn Bosworth, Jodie Koerner, Jacque Twitty, Johanna Pawelczyk, Cindy McNown and Debbie McGeehan.
Habitat welcomes volunteers of all abilities. Why not get a group together and put your building talent to use or learn a new skill? Supervisors patiently instruct workers how to complete a task. There are currently several homes at different stages of the building process. For more information contact the volunteer coordinator Cynthia Franklin at 520-326-1217, extension 210 or e-mail at [email protected]