Today the Habitat for Humanity team in Budapest, Hungary, had only a half day of work, but left the shelter will full hearts. Some team members met with families in the shelter and learned more about the program there.
One of the employees at the shelter, Gabor, talked to all team members about some of the shelter’s success stories. One that particularly touched the team members’ hearts was the account of a homeless man coming to shelter, getting back on his feet with the help of shelter staff and regaining custody of his three children.
Renata, the coordinator, also expressed her deep appreciation for the team’s contributions so far. Both she and Gabor concurred that volunteerism isn’t popular yet in Hungary, as it reminds Hungarians of mandatory volunteering they had to do during the Communist era and the required volunteering current local high school students must complete before graduation.
A volunteer, Ray, of Greeley, Colorado, also expressed thanks for this amazing experience of getting to know locals in the unique way that Habitat for Humanity provides through its global volunteer outreach. The rest of the team agreed.
Top Left: Team leader Julia (right) and local coordinator Renata (left) meet with shelter staff and families.
Bottom Left: Local staff expressed gratitude for Habitat for Humanity’s traveling volunteers.