Carter Project gives a hand up to many

By Lorrie Beck/Wichita Habitat for Humanity Volunteer It’s always sad to see the week come to a close, but it’s been another wonderful adventure. It’s heartwarming knowing there are so many folks in this world who care more about others than themselves and their own situation and are willing to come together to give complete strangers a hand up! If …

“Sweet” day of construction

By Lorrie Beck/Wichita Habitat for Humanity Volunteer “Hump Day” at the Carter Work Project in Nashville was a grand success despite our limited number of volunteers on site today. There are about nine or 10 of us assigned to House #3 all week, not counting Eno and our two House Leaders, Dave and Vic. Additional volunteers come from the Nashville …

Sun shines on Carter Work Project

By Lorrie Beck/Wichita Habitat for Humanity Volunteer A sunny day was a delight to behold following “Muddy Monday!” My friend Kathy and I worked with Eno, our homeowner, to construct fly rafters. Kathy and I have volunteered on 12 Carter Work Projects together. We taught Eno how to use a miter/ “chop” saw during our fly rafter adventure. She was …

Rain, Mud can’t slow 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project

By Lorrie Beck/Lorrie is a Wichita Habitat for Humanity Volunteer serving on the annual Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tenn. Can you say, “Rain & mud?” Wow … what a great day in Nashville! The day began with a devotion from President Jimmy Carter, an appearance by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, followed by a “Thank  You” greeting by the …

Desiree is on a journey that is changing her life

By Kathy Lefler/Communications & Marketing Manager Can you imagine embarking on a life-changing journey but never leaving the city where you live? No planes. No trains. No ships. That’s the kind of journey people like Desiree take when they partner with us to build an affordable Habitat for Humanity home. It’s not a fast and easy journey. Desiree knows this …

Sailors will be builders during Navy Week

Wichita Habitat for Humanity is honored that crew members from the USS Constitution and the Ceremonial Guard Drill Team will volunteer with us on Saturday, Sept. 14. This special day is part of the first-ever Navy Week in Wichita.  Navy Week is the Navy’s principal outreach effort into areas without a significant Navy presence. From Sept. 9-15, there will be …

You’re looking good, 9th Street!

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing manager Have you ever driven down 9th Street between Hillside and I-135? I hadn’t before I started working at Wichita Habitat for Humanity four years ago. Now I go up and down 9th Street two or three times a week as I visit our Rock the Block revitalization neighborhood to take photos and meet volunteers …

“This is why God gave us two hands”

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Volunteering is more than hammering nails and sawing two-by-fours for the team from Kapaun-Mt. Carmel High School. “This is a tangible way for us to spread God’s love,” said Veronica Hill, executive advancement associate for Kapaun-Mt. Carmel Catholic High School. Hill was joined by staff and students from the high school at the Apostle …

Thankful for community support for our work

By LaDeana Steffen/Construction Logistics Assistant It takes a village to help us build homes, communities and hope! I experienced the support of some wonderful people in our community last week when we needed to clear trees from a vacant lot in preparation to build a home alongside a hardworking family. I have to say that it continually amazes me how …

Some MAGIC in store for our Women Build home

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Construction is underway on this year’s Women Build home, thanks to the efforts of two dozen teen girls. These amazing girls, aged 14-18 are attending MAGIC Camp (Mentoring a Girl in Construction). This is a hands-on learning camp where participants are exposed to a variety of trades so they can develop skills and gain …