Throughout my life, I have had many jobs; some more gratifying than others. But I'd never had the sense of landing my dream job until I was hired as a cashier at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a not for profit organization that builds home for low income families in our area. Since my time there- I have been able to see the impact this organization has in our community, how my part in this has changed me, and important it is to serve in our community.
I had just moved back from Georgia in 2009 where I had spent some time with family. If you remember, unemployment in our area was high at the time; so I wasn't sure how soon I would find a job in order to support my children. Luckily for me, I was immediately hired at the first place I applied- a local thrift store. At least that was what I thought it was. However, it turned out to be more than that. With the proceeds from the sale of donated items, this thrift store helped fund building of Habitat homes throughout our community. This simple little store where I managed to secure a job was part of a bigger, more important place in our community: Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that is founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child deserve a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build with people regardless of race or religion. They build simple, decent and affordable houses for low income families. In our county, MVHFH is able to make housing affordable to low income families through partnerships and donations from local businesses, individuals and organizations. Homes are built by volunteers, Habitat partner families, and local groups that include schools, firms and City departments. .
During my initial time there, I noticed volunteer after volunteer come in the door. I was very surprised at how many people volunteered their time there! However, these where no ordinary volunteers.