Fourteen youths poured out their sweat and energy earlier this month, working in the more than 90-degree weather to help with construction of a Habitat for Humanity house in Hagerstown.
This is the third year in a row that St. John the Baptist Church of Silver Spring, Md., has brought its youth group to Washington County to participate in a Habitat house. Led by Youth Pastor Denis Guma, the group brings its enthusiasm and desire to help others, doing jobs such as shoveling gravel with a smile.
On Aug. 8, the group marked an important milestone on the new five-bedroom house by raising its very first wall. The family who will live in the house, Marco and Diana Delgado and their seven children, were present for the special occasion. The Delgados have put in their share of the work as well, building up "sweat equity" hours of labor in order to qualify for the no profit, no interest mortgage.