Kori Myers, Hebert, Charles L., Cecil, Silas, Arnould, Angela R., Fox, Janet E.
Jefferson Davis Parish and Lafayette Parish 4-H Jr. Leaders Build Houses for Habitat for Humanity and Donate Equipment in Texas
The Jefferson Davis and Lafayette 4-H Jr. Leaders were rewarded for their work throughout the 2009-2010 school year with an awards trip to San Antonio, Texas, from July 12-15, 2010. Jr. Leaders are involved in 4-H service projects in their parishes and assist 4-H events throughout the year to be able to attend the awards trip. The trip and volunteer service project was coordinated by 4-H agents Nikki Mouch from Lafayette and Kori Myers from Jefferson Davis.
During their awards trip, the Jr. Leaders chose to do a service project by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. On July 13, 2010, the Jr. Leaders worked at the Habitat for Humanity build site in the Palo Alto subdivision in San Antonio, Texas. The Habitat for Humanity build site included 4 houses nearing completion, 3 houses where the foundation work was being prepared and 3 houses that had just finished construction. The Jr. Leaders and adult chaperones worked from 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the 4 houses nearing completion. The Jr. Leaders prepared rooms to be painted, which included taping edges and caulking; painted the house interior and exterior; installed door knobs, bathroom medicine cabinets and kitchen cabinets; stained outside fences; cleaned the rooms to prepare for moving in; cleaned the yards; swept sidewalks and did lawn work. The Habitat for Humanity staff taught the Jr. Leaders hands-on skills. Jr. Leaders also had the opportunity to meet a family whose house they were working on.
Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, Inc. is an ecumenical, Christian, non-profit housing organization working in partnership to build simple, decent and affordable houses without interest or profit. Houses are provided for very low-income families whose total income is generally 25% - 60% of the area median income. Families are accepted to the Habitat program based on their need, ability to pay a 0% interest mortgage and their willingness to partner. Families must be residents of Bexar County. Families must volunteers 150 hours on another family's house before construction begins on their house, then they must work 300 hours on their own home before they can move in. Monthly mortgage payments average $375 to $425. Habitat for Humanity depends on volunteers to construct the homes for the families. Habitat normally builds 50-60 homes in a year.
Jefferson Davis adult chaperone Mr. Benny Jensen volunteered both his time and his money to Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Jensen, whose daughter Loryn is a Jefferson Davis Jr. Leader, purchased 3 new push lawn mowers and donated them to Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Benny not only donated them but also assembled them and the spent the day doing lawn work at the Habitat build site.
Jr. Leaders from Jefferson Davis traveling to San Antonio included Christian Bergeaux, Blaine Berken, Chase Comeaux, Joel Byrne, Kyler Royer, Braden William, Daniel Guinn, Joel Guinn, Joel Berken, Ali Moore, Gabrielle Watkins, Gabrielle Briscoe, Madalyn Pousson, Katelyn Dubroc, Rosie Guinn, Loryn Jensen, Maggie Mott, Kaitlyn Meyer, Amber Estes, Lexi Dose, Baylie Hebert, Cassi Duhon, Kerri Duhon, Kylie Derks and Laiha Bergeaux. Jr. Leaders from Lafayette traveling to San Antonio included Jacob Bordelon, Skip Suffern, Nathan Hoffpauir, Karl Simon, Jonathan Thibeaux, Brandon Dale, Jerry Rosenburg, Taylor Falcon, Megan Simon, Kealy Stelly, Niki Dutile, Jade Daspit, Emily Desormeaux, Symphony Malveaux, Kaylon Benjamin, Trancie Potter, Arial Sam, Shannon Fleming, Nina Hoffpauir and Megan Dumatrait.
Adult chaperones on the trip included Nikki Mouch, 4-H agent for Lafayette Parish, Kori Myers, 4-H agent for Jefferson Davis Parish, Silas Cecil, 4-H agent for Jefferson Davis Parish, Sandy Meyer, Stacy Derks, Benny Jensen, Cathy Falcon and Tessie Hoffpauir. The Jr.Leaders toured the Market Square, San Antonio Riverwalk, Rainforest Café, Six Flags Fiesta Texs, Natural Bridge Caverns and Naturals Bride Wildlife Ranch.