With the beginning of a new year its easy for us to reflect on all the things were thankful for while building goals and making resolutions! One of the things we are so thankful for is our dedicated #volunteers! We'd like you to meet a volunteer of ours who has been dedicated to helping Habitat for Humanity for almost as long as Sumter Habitat for Humanity has been in existence!
Joseph has been so dedicated to helping those in need in Sumter that he wears many hats when it comes to "what he does." Service is truly deep in Joe's heart a fact that is very obvious when he talks about his years of service with Habitat.
Hometown: Originally Rembert, SC but truly Sumter, SC
Tell us a little about yourself:
"I am the fourth child of eleven children. I've been married for 42 years and have been blessed with three daughters and one beautiful granddaughter. I am veteran of both the National Guard and the Air Force. I'm also a retired electrical engineer. I am the chairman of the board of deacons and the construction coordinator at Union Baptist in Rembert, SC. I am also the Coordinator of the Wateree Baptist Association Lower Division Disaster Relief Ministry."
What are some of your hobbies?
"Fishing and motorcycle riding. I love to go on adventures and make sure to make time for plenty of family time and trips."
What does HOME mean to you?
"I see home as a place of comfort and refuge. It doesn't matter what kind of day I've had, I know that I'm safe at home.
How did you become involved with Habitat for Humanity?
In 1992, Pastor Willie Dennis Sr. brought my church in to help this fairly new organization to build homes in Sumter. We participated in many of the Apostle's Builds where twelve churches would come together to build and pay for a Habitat home. The Wateree Baptist Association also sponsored one of the Habitat homes and I helped with that.
I served on the Board of Directors for Sumter Habitat for three terms in the 90's, once even as the Chairman of the Board.
If I had to guess how many homes I've helped build with Sumter Habitat as a volunteer in any manner, I'd guess it's around 100 houses."
Why Habitat for Humanity?
"I love people and I love helping people. I'm the co-coordinator of community outreach for my church so I'm always looking for ways to serve. It is the most amazing thing to watch the children that have moved into Habitat homes throughout my time volunteering here and how seeing them as grown ups going off to college and bettering themselves. Without the opportunity of a safe and stable home, I don't think that many of them would have been able to accomplish that. It is such a joy to watch."
What is it like to be a volunteer with Sumter Habitat? Any advice for those looking to volunteer?
"Personally, I find that if I don't give back, I'm almost shorting society. I have been so blessed it would be a sin for me not to give back. If you do volunteer, in your effort of blessing someone, you are actually more blessed. Happiness increases and you just can't be depressed when you're looking out for others rather than looking in on yourself. I am grateful to be able to help those that I can."
Wow! How amazing that you have loved and supported our work for such a long time! Thank you Joseph! We love you and appreciate all of your hard work!
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