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Hammer was ready, but not the material

Updated: July 9, 2013 12:42PM



Chris Ross, Chair of We Build, our leader of volunteers from Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Winfield, had everyone lined up to work on June 28.

It wasn’t easy lining up people to take the day off of work on a Friday, but she did it.

We were wanted to help build a Habitat for Humanity home. This would have gotten even more volunteers on Saturday the 29th but that date was not available.

She probably could have filled both days. Ross knows how to excite people into volunteering. With her leadership, everything is fun, even hard work.

Unfortunately that never happened. The day before the build, Ross was informed not to come to the site.

The materials needed for the build never showed up. Somewhere along the way there was a mix-up in the scheduling of materials to arrive on site.

All of us who signed up to work were looking forward to putting some sweat equity into “our” home on Tyler Street for a deserving family. We were all disappointed; we wanted to go.

We were not as disappointed as the future homeowner.

Eventually the person waiting for this house will be able to move in and finally have a home. It is very sad that will not take place at the scheduled time, because someone couldn’t get the material lined up on time.

Volunteers fill all walks of life, skilled and unskilled volunteers. The unskilled are supervised by people that know what they are doing.

The June build on Tyler Street was to be a joint build between Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Charities. The response from parishes in the Gary Diocese was great. Lots of people wanted to help.

Maybe next time.



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