Habitat For Humanity International's motto is "A hand up, not a hand out." Dozens of employees lent their hands - and hearts - to build BNP Media-sponsored House #20, one of 31 houses dedicated June 24 as part of HFHI's Jimmy Carter Work Project in Detroit's Core City/Thurgood Marshall neighborhood. House #20 is now home to Efrain and Damaris Guevara and their five children.
"All aspects of this project were incredible," BNP Plumbing Group Publishing Director Tim Fausch said. "The Habitat organizers ran the project with great precision, our volunteers worked with amazing commitment, and the Gueveras represented the ideal family that everyone wanted to help."
The BNP Media employees involved in building House #20 were greeted only by a foundation and floor base upon arrival at the work site. More than 50 people participated throughout the week. By the end of the first day, volunteers had raised the walls, installed trusses and roof boards, and framed interior walls. During the next five days, volunteers installed insulation, bathtubs, fixtures, sinks, faucets, shingles, doors, windows, siding, trim, floor tile, appliances and cabinets, and even landscaped. They sawed, drilled, caulked, painted, stapled and nailed. It was noisy, dirty, sweaty work. And they loved every minute of it.
"It was an exhausting but very rewarding week," said volunteer Donna Edwards, a member of BNP's research department. "The memories and friendships made will stay with me always."
For more information on the Habitat For Humanity 2005 Jimmy Carter Work Project, visit www.habitat.org.