Day 3: Deconstruction

Our first day of serving with Habitat for Humanity started with an early rise and some breakfast, then a drive over to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where our worksite is. We learned that we would assist in taking down an old house on the property, so a new one can be built. Though it was a little bit chilly, and many of us had never done this kind of work before, we jumped into the jobs with excitement and eager attitudes. One group worked on taking old furniture, fixtures, and other assorted objects out of the house and putting them onto a truck to be taken to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-store. The group I was in worked on removing siding, insulation, and gutters from the exterior of the house. At first, I was quite intimidated by crowbars and ladders, but I quickly found my groove and even had some fun prying nails out of the siding. We made great progress on the project!

At lunch, some of us had the chance to get to know the other workers at this site this week, students from St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. It was really interesting to learn a little bit about them, and it was really great to see other students from other areas of the country who wanted to spend their spring break helping others, just like we did.

After lunch, we loaded another truck full of things to be taken to the Re-store, then we all went over to Lewisburg to help unload and set things up in the store. After that, we headed back to where we’re staying for some dinner and an evening of hanging out with each other, as well as getting some much needed rest. Our first workday was so packed, I can’t wait to see what happens during the rest of our days here!

-Hannah

Workday 1

Here we are at the house we worked on today!

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