Volunteer Stephanie Dubinsky continues her chronicles of the Habitat Omaha Global Village trip to Cape Town in part 2 of her 3-part guest blog series.
Experience Habitat Omaha’s recent Global Village trip to Cape Town, South Africa, through the eyes and adventures of volunteer and guest blogger Stephanie Dubinsky.
Phylis’ street was revitalized during the year’s first Rock the Block held in Omaha’s Minne Lusa neighborhood. She shared a letter, reflecting on how the experience has changed her home, her neighborhood and her outlook.
Caren Woodruff, 2019 Habitat Omaha Power Woman of the Year, has said the sacred trust of a strong community is revealed when people support others during difficult times, as well as allow themselves to be supported when in need.
Alex Smith always enjoyed following her dad around and offering help. She found maintenance work interesting, which is why she agreed to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. “I originally thought, ‘what in the world can I do that’s going to impact or help?’” Smith says. …
It was those little things – the experiences, interactions and smiles – that made the overall trip a glorious experience. Those seemingly small moments that touch your heart and soul, reminding you to take in every experience, sight and sound. My dad was right when he called them “little claps of thunder.”
“Every day I help people build their home and make it their own,” says Melanie Boone, an interior designer. Boone wanted to go beyond seeing blueprints and floorplans; she wanted to see how houses are built. Her interest in the construction process is what brought Boone to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
In the past three weeks alone we’ve dedicated 14 Habitat Omaha homes. Gathering together, we blessed the houses, handing over keys to first-time homeowners who inspire us with their dedication to creating a brighter future for themselves and a stronger community for us all.
Our Global Village team had the opportunity to work alongside several fun-loving, dedicated staff members from Habitat El Salvador’s construction crew. Our group of twelve hauled over 150 wheelbarrows of dirt and sand uphill to mix it by hand with cement for the floors of the home. The work was strenuous and the conditions were steamy, but the week flew by.
Jared first came in contact with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha as an AmeriCorps NCCC member. He joined the team-based community service program in 2017 to explore the world outside his hometown of Omaha, which, coincidentally, happened to be the location of his first project. When his time with NCCC came to an end, Jared decided to reconnect with his Habitat Omaha friends. Jared is now a full-time staff member at Habitat Omaha, in the role of Volunteer Services Coordinator.