By Joshua Richards
On May 8, Cedar 1 headed to North Omaha, Nebraska to serve with Habitat for Humanity through June 8. Cedar 1 is helping prepare Habitat for Humanity with their Builders Blitz and a few of their other builds around Omaha. These other builds could be rehabs or building a new home.
The Builders Blitz is building 10 house in 10 days from the floor up. The rehabs are renovations on older homes. These renovations entail gutting out the home and just leaving the bare bones of the building. The homes are then fully restored making them more energy efficient and meeting safety codes.
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha was started in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, to helps break down barriers and create more welcoming communities. Habitat for Humanity is connecting low-income families with affordable housing and mortgages to help change the statistics that says, six out of ten children are living in poverty in North Omaha metro area. Cedar 1 is helping to change this statistic with their service with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.
While working with Habitat for Humanity, Cedar 1 has worked on the Builders Blitz and one of their rehabs. The team also went to one of their dedication. This is when Habitat presents a new home to the new owners. The ceremony that Cedar 1 got to attended was a dedication to a family that migrated from a war-torn Sudan. The Father said “This will be my first win” referring to their new home.
Cedar 1 is also doing some independent service projects (ISPs) while in Omaha with the Botanical Garden, were they are helping to mulch the gardens. The team is looking for more ISPs as well.
C1 VT R2: Jamal is learning how to use a sawzall before moving to the blitz site.
C1 VT R2-1: Joshua Richards is using a jack-hammer to make space for plumbing in one of the rehabs.