Volunteers prepare home for landscaping

In June, Fostoria Habitat was contacted by the members of a church in Michigan with one simple question:

“How can we be of service?”

We jumped at the opportunity to invite the group of youth volunteers and adults to join us on a project at our new home build. Good on their word, they arrived on Lynn Street, gloves in hand, ready for what the day might bring. Under the sun, we worked side by side to prepare the home for landscaping. A few volunteers braved the humidity to work on indoor projects.

Volunteers edging flower beds

The day began at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on that Sunday, June 26th, 2022. Volunteers were checked in and we discussed the importance of safety in preparation for our work. Outdoor tasks for the day included removing weeds around the house, raking out debris, edging flower beds and laying mulch, while indoor tasks included installing door knobs and smoke detectors. After discussing the day’s plan, volunteers claimed their tasks and got to work right away.

Board and staff members were on-site and nearby to supervise and provide guidance. The day seemed to go without a hitch, every volunteer working enthusiastically and tirelessly, eagerly asking for more work at the completion of each task.

Volunteers shoveling mulch for the flower beds

We extend our thanks to Evan Fitzpatrick, Director of Student Ministries at Mason County Reformed Church in Scottville, Michigan, for reaching out about this service opportunity. We also wish to thank the rest of the volunteers who showed up for Fostoria – we appreciate every single one.

Rebekah Bosek, Office Adminstrator, speaks to volunteers during lunch along with Devin Hatter, Construction Committee Lead

As we finished the day with a meal, our board and staff took a moment to close with a conversation about the mission of our organization. We talked about our vision of providing decent and affordable housing in Fostoria, and how the impact of our volunteers will be felt for generations in the community.

We hope to one day work again with MCR Church — many thanks to them for visiting us from Michigan. Our future homeowner will remember the love they extended through their toil on the land and the prayers they shared for future generations in this home.

Finished mulch around the back of the house

Thank you to our community sponsors on this project.

Your financial support helps us to continue revitalizing our community through projects like these.



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