|Covered in dirt and smiling from ear to ear, it is just another typical day of volunteering put in by Lisa Warren. A volunteer since the inception of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami in 1989, Lisa and her husband Richard (pictured) have been a consistent presence, volunteering the second Saturday of each month with “The Habiteers” who are fellow parishioners from Central Presbyterian Church willing to tackle any project that comes their way, from laying tile to landscaping.
At the recent Habitat Blitz Build 2013, Lisa worked alongside hundreds of volunteers in the completion of ten homes in two weeks. Among her tasks were the creation of edible gardens for the new homeowners.
“We are putting together these Pallet Box Gardens for the partner families of Habitat,” explains Lisa. “It is a great way to not only welcome them to their new home but also give them a kick start in gardening!”
“What keeps you coming back again and again is the stories you hear about people, about where they came from and where they are going. What these homes mean to people is so much more than four walls and a roof; it is a sense of stability and a sense of hope for the future.”
“If somebody hasn’t volunteered yet with Habitat for Humanity and is interested, I always say to come to a closing ceremony-home dedication, they are unbelievably moving, you can really see the relationship between the volunteers and staff with the families. You will be hooked!”