Hiram College

Sixteen Hiram College students are spending their spring break working with Habitat for Humanity in High Point, N.C.

Amy Morton ’13, writes: 

In High Point, North Carolina, John Cord runs a tight shift at his Habitat for Humanity worksites. We sixteen Hiram students and Jim Kercher and Mike Corr have been spending the last three days under his direction, finishing off the top of a new house in the area that will be going to a local single mother. Our team has been enjoying itself immensely. We spend the days in the rafters of a two-story house, hammering nails at odd angles and singing Mo-town classics, and in the evenings, we hang out in the church where the First Baptist Church has put us up. Our favorite activities mostly involve pretending to be elementary school children having an extended sleepover: we play games in the gymnasium, stay up late watching movies, and avoid doing homework at all costs.

Our team usually splits off into two groups. One spends most of its time on the house’s roof, and the other has been working on a shed. Today, the shed group painted the offices in the back of the Re-Store that our group worked on last year. The rest went back to the worksite and finished putting plywood up on the house’s roof. By the end of the morning, these self-named truss monkeys (main picture, above) were beat red from windburn. It was a good day.