Our Habitat for Humanity Choice and First Day Volunteering
Lighthouse Residential Roofing has met the 5 year mark this year as of January 29. We wanted to thank our community for helping us grow by giving back. So we started to look at ways we could get involved with our community. This led us to taking a HabiTour with Trinity Habitat for Humanity. We connected almost right away with this organization.
At that tour, the biggest impression was made when we met the lady who would own the home being built in Sundance Square. She had worked her way from homelessness to now home ownership. This home would finally give her the stability she had been searching for since her husband left her many years ago and would stop the “apartment shuffle.” We knew after this tour that Habitat for Humanity would be an excellent vehicle for Lighthouse Residential Roofing to give back to our community.
One of the strongest reasons we felt Habitat for Humanity was a good fit for us was our construction experience. Actually, I should say Larry’s construction experience. This was an organization that would benefit from his many years being in the construction industry. He could measure, cut, organize, and put together anything they threw at him.
We also have a strong conviction that you can give a person a fish or you can teach a person to fish. In other words, in order to truly help someone you cannot do for them what they must learn to do themselves. Habitat for Humanity fits so well with that philosophy. Each home is given to someone who will actually pay for that home. They will have a mortgage through Habitat for Humanity. This helps the homeowner get a home at a reduced rate, but they do still have to pay for that home. It is not just given to them. They say it is a “hand up, not a hand out.” So again this fit well with our own personal life philosophy.
Finally, we are a small company that does not have a huge amount of capital to give, but we do have time. We wanted to choose a company where our time would make the most impact for our city. We learned on our HabiTour that Trinity Habitat for Humanity had located 3 neighborhoods where they could make the biggest impact. As their homes are going in these neighborhoods, crime rates are dropping. The Fort Worth police department told them that they are seeing drug dealers and prostitutes moving out of the 3 areas they picked. So our time we volunteer will have a great impact on making our city a safer place to live.
So we signed up for our first day to volunteer. We arrived at 7:45 a.m. It was a chilly day and we had to dress in several layers. We had a slow start as we had to wait for materials, but once we got started the day went fast.
It did not take long for them to realize that Larry knew his way around and they made him quality control on siding. He had a group of about 10 of us who did not really even know how to drive a nail. But we got better by the end of the day. We met several new people and overall had a blast for our first experience.
We will be volunteering again in May. We hope the family that moves into this house has as much fun living there as we had working on it.