Firefighters help Habitat for Humanity

It's the last week for Habitat For Humanity Women's Build campaign,and the Fort Wayne Fire Department is joining the effort.

Posted: Jun 14, 2018 9:12 AM
Updated: Jun 14, 2018 9:46 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- With the help of volunteers over the last couple of weeks, Habitat for Humanity built four homes for families in need.

The director of operations said it's usually 4 weeks, but they had to extend the campaign because so many women that wanted to volunteer their time and help build a home.

Women and men from the Fort Wayne Fire Department put down the water hose for a day, and picked up some hammers and nails to help build homes for families in need.

"We witness them in the worst situation possible losing their home, and all the things important to you, so to come out here and be able to build a home to help those individuals in need, there's a true value in us participating this,"president OF Professional Fort Wayne Firefighters Jeremy Bush said.

Tracey Wilkinson said working in this capacity gives a different meaning to community service she's used to, but she's happy to put her skills she's learned on her own to use.

"If something needs fixing, I kind of figure out a way to fix it. I've worked with people who have a background in construction," Wilkinson said.

Being able to do it alongside people she works with makes it more special for her.

"It's nice being out here working with my sisters. A lot of them, I don't get to see often, so it's nice we get to come together and work together especially in a non-stressful environment not on a fire scene or anything like that," she added.

Jeremy McClish, the director of operations for Habitat fo Humanity, said what they often discover is whether the women have experience doing something like this or not, they always seem to walk away empowered seeing the efforts of their hard work.

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