Habitat ECS | Helping Build a House

March 21, 2019

Habitat ECS

Today, our last week of the ECS began. The five members of the ECS who were 16 and older visited an organization called Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for humanity is an organization, which builds stability for families in need through affordable housing. The service of volunteers, like us, enables the cost of each home to be affordable for a deserving family. The family should be able to pay the rent for the house and should have a job.The goal of Habitat and humanity is to build low cost houses for families in need. A lot of the supplies are donated by other companies. That’s why most of their houses costs the buyers only $700 to $800 a month. I personally appreciate the work they are doing. Habitat for Humanity has a long waitlist of families that would like to be in their program, but families who are currently in a really though living situation may move to the top of the list.

We would spend the whole day on helping creating the foundation mold of a house. We all were excited to help them, building a house for a family. When we first got there we had a quick introduction to this program and the day. In the beginning of the day we helped to bring the supplies, metal, and the rigid isolation for the house, to built the foundation. We started to secure the walls and to insulate the house with the blue foam board. The blue foam board is used to create the foundation mold and later to serve as insulation. After we ate lunch, at 12:45 p.m. we started to work on the walls. We put several spacers between the blue foam boards, cut the metal rebar that would reinforce the concrete foundation. At that time I realized how much work it is to measure all the different materials. Afterwards we put another layer on top of the first one, and did the whole process again. Especially the hammering was really hard work. We all grew as a team and got to know each other better.

In conclusion, it was an interesting and effective day. We all helped and got a lot of work done. I realized how hard it was to work at this intensive job.

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