Author: Lance Holt
Content Marketing Specialist
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On Friday, October 6th, GPS Insight employees geared up for the most anticipated volunteer event of the year – building a house with Habitat for Humanity.
Having signed up all the way back in February, it’s an event the team has been looking forward to all year. Before arriving on site, they thought they might do a little painting, possibly lay some tile, but anticipated most of the actual construction would be completed. They soon found out that was not the case.
From 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., they worked on the actual construction of the home, mainly working on putting together the frame, as well as making a lot of the lumber cuts. Because so many employees volunteered for this project, it gave them the chance to work with several employees across a variety of departments they don’t interact with on a day-to-day basis, proving to be an excellent team-building exercise. “It was a great experience to interact with people I don’t usually get to work with like development and support,” said Carrie Race, who works in Sales Operations. “They put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work all day.”
It was also an amazing learning experience for the GPS Insight employees. They had the chance to meet some of the families who already received their homes through Habitat for Humanity and learn the process in which they are selected for a home.
“Only six percent of families who sign up for a home receive one. There are prerequisites to being chosen. They have to work on the construction of their own house and have to put in a certain number of hours to show their commitment. They also have to prove they can hold a steady job. We also learned that Habitat for Humanity never takes more than 30% of the family’s income and there is no interest rate on the home,” said Race.
At the end of the project, the GPS Insight team helped the Dominquez family get one step closer to moving into their new home. The mother, Beatrice, is ecstatic to give her family a stable environment and a place to call their own.
“Thank you so much – this really means a lot to our family. You are changing our lives for the better!”
-The Dominguez Family: Beatrice & Children: Luis, Alandra, & Ruby
On this point, Carrie added, “Giving these families a chance at a home gives them the stability that most of them haven’t had in their lives to pursue the prosperity and happiness that they want for their families.”
To find out how you can volunteer with your local Habitat for Humanity, you can visit their website here.
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