Service Above Self

May 16, 2019 – Saint Peter's (NJ) Brothers built a home for a family in need.

A homehabitat is not just a place, it is also a feeling, and every family needs a home. This past February, the Zeta Eta family built a home not for themselves but for people who need it. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization devoted to developing homes, addressing issues of poverty all over the world. Brother Robert Martin is among one of the Knights of Columbus who volunteers with Habitat for Humanity frequently. He said, "The feeling that someone doesn't have to worry about a home is what I live for." 

Zeta EtaBrothers gathered early to join the Knights of Columbus in Paterson, New Jersey. Although the crisp air did not cooperate with the outside tasks, the chapter worked diligently for eight hours. They helped with sweeping, shoveling, digging and nailing, completing each task with teamwork. Building and helping the community plays an important role in every chapter. Among the many ways Delta Sigma Pi supports community service, Habitat for Humanity was a first for Zeta Eta, but definitely not a last. 

VPCS Jessica Parilla said, "Habitat for Humanity really cares about what happens to these families--that makes me want to volunteer again." 

No expertise or experience required, each brother was able to learn something new and have a connection to the families they helped. The physical labor does not amount to the value of emotional connection. 

Zeta Eta is looking forward to the next community service event with Habitat for Humanity and we invite you to join us. Don't forget to bring curiosity, cooperation and a jacket! 

By: Franz Lalaine Yabis, Saint Peter's (NJ)
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