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Rebuilding More Than Houses

By dahlingg, Montclair, NJ

Many people think of a home as a necessity, yet not everyone considers exactly how much is lost when a home is lost. A house takes months to build, but when a disaster hits, it can be destroyed in minutes. When a home is destroyed families are torn apart, the simple comforts in people’s lives vanish, and life is put on hold. To help a person find her way back home after a tragedy is one of the best ways to make a positive change in another’s life.

While I was volunteering in New Orleans, Louisiana last summer, I was able to rebuild the destroyed home of an elderly woman named Ms. Pat, and through this process I was able to give her the opportunity to rebuild her entire life. Based on my experiences rebuilding Ms. Pat’s home, I came to the realization that there is no community service more extraordinary than that which ultimately helps to rebuild a person’s life.

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