From Homeowner Family to AmeriCorps Member
Because Mohamed served as a translator for his parents, he spent a year working side-by-side with them as they completed their 350 hours of sweat equity on Habitat Omaha build sites. Shortly after his family purchased their Habitat Omaha home in 2015, Mohamed decided to take his involvement to the next level—he joined the Habitat Omaha team as an AmeriCorps service member.
Mike Yacup, Senior Construction Supervisor, said, “He’s the perfect candidate to be an AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader because he is willing and receptive to learning new trades. You can teach anyone how to build a house, but he shows the passion and motivation to do so.”
The Habitat Omaha volunteer team took notice of Mohamed during the 2015 staff build day. They had heard he was a hard worker, but when they saw him in action they knew he had the drive and potential to be a great addition to the team.
“I’m excited to meet new people every day,” says Mohamed. “I hope to make people happy by building a house with them like Habitat Omaha has done for me.”
Since joining the team, Mohamed has helped build and renovate homes while also leading groups of volunteers and soon-to-be homeowners on site. He brings a unique perspective to the position and always has a positive attitude.
Mohamed has also taken on the role of handyman around the house. He is using the skills he has learned as an AmeriCorps member to help save his family money by not having to call a repairman.