Habitat for Humanity goes beyond just building homes

“We offer a hand up, not a handout”


Senior Helena Ullom-Minnich traveled to Florida with Habitat For Humanity where she spent a week rebuilding homes for families in need. “Habitat teaches valuable skills that I can use forever. I know how to work with tools and resources. I have learned a lot from it” said Ullom-Minnich.

Alexis Brown, Staff Writer

Bridgewater Va. – Habitat for Humanity is one of several nonprofit organizations that is not only worldwide, but it is also a part of Bridgewater College. Students Helena Ullom-Minnich and Naomi Reynolds share the purpose of HFH and how they became involved.

Habitat for Humanity seeks to provide individuals with an affordable, forever home.

“We build or rebuild homes that are either destroyed, or to help low-income families in need of homes,” stated Ullom-Minnich, a senior majoring in biology and minoring in political science.

“We offer a hand up, not a handout,” said Reynolds, a junior majoring in philosophy and religion, with a minor in business administration.

Both Reynolds and Ullom-Minnich are on the executive board and talk about how they became a part of the organization.

“I worked at a homeless shelter and we worked directly with Habitat for Humanity and I had never heard of them before,” said Ullom-Minnich. “They were great and I loved working with them. Then when I came to Bridgewater and my friend told me the college has its own Habitat, I knew I had to get involved.”

“It is just something beautiful about being able to use your hands to build something, and knowing it is going to help someone else. I leave with a full heart every time,” said Reynolds.