Out of state volunteers are helping an Albany family get a new home. Volunteers from Ocala, Florida are teaming up with Mission Change to build a Habitat for Humanity house.
Mission: Change began touching lives in 2007,and hasn't stopped since. The group is partnering with Habitat For Humanity to finish building a house for a new homeowner all while spreading change and peace throughout the community.
Ryan Davis is a youth pastor from a church in Ocala, Florida and he said his hard work is paying off. "It is the best feeling in the world to be completely exhausted and can't wait to hit the pillow because you know you put in a full day serving. You can hang your hat and say you've done a good job," he said.
Ladonna Urick is the executive director at Mission: Change and she's overwhelmed with joy to see teenagers lending a helping hand especially in the summer time. "It's really awesome to see kids that are in high school and middle school choosing to give up a week of their summer to come and serve those who are less fortunate," she said.
"This is the 65th house built in this subdivision alone since 1998. Volunteers say it feels special every time to donate a house to someone in need."
"It's just really rewarding to know what you're doing is going to a better cause and we're not working because we have to or because we're obligated to."
Mike Daniels will be the recipient of the house. He hopes to move in by the first of July and he's going to do something he's been waiting to do for a long time. "Start working on my yard. I want to beautify my yard. It's my dream to have a home with a beautiful yard and I'm very excited about that."
A dream that will come true thanks to his determination and the work of dedicated volunteers.
This is the sixth Habitat house built in this subdivision since last July, meaning they are building one house every two months.