Young adults group helps build family a home

Sun News correspondentJune 26, 2013 

The Macon Stake Young Single Adults from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a family a home.

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It might be summer vacation, but a group of young people spent one Saturday hard at work.

The Macon Stake Young Single Adults from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to help build a family a home. The group included young people from across Middle Georgia.

Faye Whigham, a member of the LDS church and her husband, Keith, serve as the advisory couple for the Young Single Adults. It was the Whighams, who had volunteered with Habitat previously, who suggested the idea to the young people.

“We did this in conjunction with our Southeast Conference that is coming up,” Faye Whigham said. “Across the Southeast, June 15 was a day devote to service projects.”

The group painted and helped to frame the home, which is located in Houston County.

“It is what Jesus Christ did,” Whigham said. “And that is what we try to be, as Christlike as we can. We want to serve Christ through serving other people.”

Whigham said that the Young Single Adult group was extremely active, and there are a lot of fun activities for the young people.

“But the biggest turnout we have is when we ask them to serve,” Whigham said. “The theme for our conference is ‘No More Strangers,’ and serving others is one way that they can come to understand what that means.”

Kyle Ashcroft, who will be attending Brigham Young University in the fall, said that the volunteering with Habitat was a way to help others while learning more about building houses, an interest of his.

“When we serve others, it is a form of serving our Christ,” Ashcroft said.

The Young Single Adults weren’t the only volunteers at the site, Ashcroft said. They were joined by skilled laborers and other community volunteers.

“It was just tremendous that all these people can come from different backgrounds and beliefs, and we can all work together as members of the human race to help one another,” Ashcroft said.

According to information provided by Houston County Habitat for Humanity, the organization has built 47 houses in Houston County since 1991. The organization builds two to three houses a year and, according to the information, “enlists and encourages volunteers from all faiths, races and economic backgrounds to provide necessary hands-on construction labor.” Last year, more than 600 volunteers gave about 7,000 hours of service to Habitat for Humanity in Houston County.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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