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Beyond the Home (Ep. 3): A Habitat Vocation

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     I pulled up to the construction site ready to perform my usual routine of taking pictures. I talked  to Jason the site supervisor for a bit and spotted a volunteer I’d never seen before. 

     “You don’t know Fred?” Exclaimed Jason. “You’ve got to meet him, Fred come over here!” 

     It didn’t take long to realize why Jason insisted I have a conversation with Fred Johnson. His soft, kind, personality was wise and easy to converse with. He’s currently studying at Western Theological Seminary and while most of his colleagues serve at churches, he chose Habitat Kent. 

     “Why Habitat?” I thought. Since Fred was busy volunteering I set up a time to meet with Fred offsite and hear more of his story. 

     FredQuoteFred has helped within many departments at Habitat Kent. Some Fred sightings have included (but are not limited to): pounding nails on site, typing data into a computer, or organizing supplies at the warehouse. Fred experienced jobs in various fields, circumstances that tested him, and cultures that changed him. 

     Before our dialogue we were mere acquaintances, and it surprised me how much he was willing to share. It reminds me of one of my co-worker’s closing quotes on her e-mails which states, “Being perfect is not what connects people. Vulnerability brings us closer together.” Vulnerability, humility, honesty, and genuine are some words I could use to describe Fred.

     It was a privilege to sit down with him, and I believe stories and can lead us to live more wholehearted lives. I gained a lot of perspective from our conversation, and I hope you do too. Join Fred and I in our #BeyondTheHome conversation.


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In my short time here at Habitat, I've been inspired by the numerous amount of stories of hardworking volunteers, families, and staff. My prayer is that in my position as Community Outreach and Marketing Assistant, I can do these stories justice. 


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