My dad, Bill Saunders, has been working at Habitat for Humanity one Saturday every month with Epiphany's group for many years. I asked if I could join him this month after seeing all the devastation that hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Jose left behind. For each crisis, I usually try to find a way to to help those in need, mostly with monetary donations. Recently, it seems there is something happening almost every week, so I've been trying to think of different ways to help others. Habitat was a great option since I've done it a few times in the past and it was a great way to spend the day with my dad and help someone locally.
This was one of my favorite trips because I was able to work on projects I've never done before and one of the homeowners, Joseph, was there working beside us. He is a veteran and has two children, who came to check out their rooms! He and my dad joked around with each other and he was very appreciative of the time and work we did. At the end of the day we were able to talk more and he told us how he still had not heard from his mother who lives in the mountains in Puerto Rico. I shared how some of my contacts from the hospitals down there have reached out and just how dire the situation is. We wished him and his family well and were hopeful that his cousin would be able to get up to the mountain to reach his mother soon and that he would be able to fly down there to visit.
Not only was it a fun day to work and learn with my hands and spend time with my dad, but it also was a free way to do some good for the community. It's been hard the past few months to find relief from the constant heartbreak, but Habitat helped to show me how just giving one's time can have a huge impact on someone else. Maybe if we all could do one small act of kindness for another, not only would we feel good, but we could start to see a positive shift in people's lives.
Epiphany volunteers with the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, building and refurbishing houses in Lawrence, MA on the second Saturday of every month. There are jobs for all levels of skill and all are welcome. Youth between 16 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Bill Saunders if you are interested in coming.