The residents of Daytop New Jersey at Mendham partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build the frame of a house for a family from Manahawkin, NJ. Over 80 people participated; including the 55 residents, members of their families, Daytop’s staff, and the Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Pictures are below.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers traveled from as far as Virginia to work with our kids on this project. They became part of the Daytop New Jersey family for two days, teaching, working shoulder to shoulder and sharing meals with our kids and staff.
The volunteers, who call themselves the “Habitat for Humanity Road Trip Crazies”, come together a few times a year to help plan, organize and direct what they call “blitz building.” In the spirit of an old fashioned barn-raising, these events build community as well as houses.
Erin Carrabba, principal of Daytop’s accredited high school said,
“This project will give our residents a valuable experience in being of service to others. It will be a hands–on opportunity to build self-esteem and give back to the community. Additionally, many of our students have experienced housing issues, so being able to provide a NJ family with a home will be especially meaningful.”