When I arrived at Ivy’s house, our construction supervisor Dave Landis was setting up for the task at hand. We were going to take the top siding boards off the outside walls and blow recycled and treated cellulose (paper) insulation into the wall cavities, then add 9 inches of the same in her attic. This was our first attempt at weatherizing walls of an older house and we were a bit nervous. But Allen Slabaugh and Alyssa Hostetler arrived to drop off the college students from South Georgia Tech's Phi Beta Lambda chapter. Then they went on to Koinonia to work with a second crew on Nashua Chantal’s house, a renovation of one of the original Partnership Housing units located in Forest Village.
As they drove off, another volunteer showed up… Thaddeus Harris! Thad is our homeowner from the recently completed Elizabeth Street duplex which was a “Gold” rated Energy Star house. Thad wasn’t here to earn his required sweat equity hours. Thad had more than met his reqirement of 500 hours and logged more hours than any homeowner I have ever worked with over the past 23 years. Thad was here because he loves volunteering with us. He told me he wants other folks with disabilities to see that they don’t have to give up. By his witness, they can see that they too can have a fulfilling life. And nothing is more fulfilling to Thad than working on Fuller Center projects!