On the morning of April 1 at 8:30 am sharp, the Habitat for Humanity volunteers were starting their final day of building on the lawn of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. Across town, the Epting team was packing up a construction themed barbecue lunch substantial enough to feed the men and women who had been working for three days on completing a house frame. The reason for the hastily built home in the middle of the University of Georgia’s campus was to celebrate the donation of Habitat for Humanity’s International records to UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. These materials are currently the largest addition to a body of related collections at Hargrett that revolve around the topics of housing, philanthropy, and social change.
The Epting boys spent the morning lending a hand to the construction crew and visiting with Habitat for Humanity International’s CEO, Jonathan Reckford.
Ever the entertainer, Lee drew laughs while explaining to the Black Tie & BBQ camera man that sometimes all you need to make an impressive centerpiece is a nearby bush and a couple of pruning sheers.
The tools, tall ladder and splatter paint tablecloths spread around the buffet felt at home in the middle of the construction zone.
While our staff put the final touches on the buffet, special guests were invited to ceremonially raise the last wall on the frame and write well wishes to the family that would soon be living in the home on the frame. Habitat is currently in the process of moving the frame of the house, which will be completed in Athens and made available for a family in need of affordable housing.
Daniel, Ashley, and our PR Director, Desiree, jumped at the chance to leave their mark on the home after lunch.
Lee couldn’t resist the urge to deviate from the norm and sign the frame upside down. He wondered aloud whether or not wood would still be a viable building substance by the time this home was old enough to be restored. We all got a good chuckle when he decided to write that thought down for the home’s family to read as well. After the laughter died down, Lee got serious and said something that stuck with us all: “I wish the people who will soon live in this home peace. There’s nothing more important in a home than peace.”
A big thank you to Habitat for Humanity and Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library for letting us be a part of this special day!