|Hartford Habitat Crew at JRCWP 2017|
Lisa Chirichella, Don Shaw, Christina D'Amato, Tom Trumble
July 9-14, 2017, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
A week of building. A week of friendship. A week of faith. A week of changing lives.
|President Carter greeting volunteers, sponsors and Habitat homeowners|
at the JRCWP 2017 opening ceremonies.
Lisa Chirichella, Christina D'Amato, Tom Trumble and I, representing Hartford Habitat, trekked to Edmonton to volunteer a "hand up" to our northern neighbors. Our assignment was House 21, the future home of the Yusuf Ahmed family (Yusuf, a Canadian resident originally from Ethiopia, and his wife and three children). For Tom and me it was our seventh international Carter project; for Lisa and Christina their first with the hope to volunteer for more.
|Hartford Habitat crew Christina D'Amato, Tom Trumble, |
Lisa Chirichella, and Don Shaw with future homeowner Yusuf Ahmed
|Homeowners and volunteers celebrated daily |
with high-fives, hugs and handshakes.
As volunteer builders we looked to our house leader Mike O'Brien, a Habitat pro from Calgary, for expert guidance. He masterfully expanded our technical skills. We built exterior and interior walls, installed insulated siding and windows, built stairs, and, believe it or not, "squared" the walls of the entire first floor (that's the value of a good Habitat supervisor!). Under Mike's leadership we, along with about ten other volunteers assigned to our house, accomplished a lot by week's end. Simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated, we looked forward to accomplishing more back home.
|Lisa and Christina installing|
fire wall insulation on the house's sheathing.
|Tom and Don building an interior wall.|
Photos: Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity International and Hartford Habitat JRCWP 2017 team.
Don Shaw, Jr.
Writer and Editor