A place called home
Hand up, not hand out.
That is the philosophy of Habitat for Humanity Pulaski County, the volunteer Christian-based organization that builds new, affordable homes and makes minor home repairs through its “Love Your Neighborhood” project. Recipients provide sweat equity on their home and learn about home ownership. Once the house is complete, they have a place to call their own and raise their children.
That philosophy drew Cathy Epperson to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Pulaski County, in its 10th year, where she now serves as board chair.
“As a child growing up, I lived in substandard housing,” Cathy says. “This program affects the lives of children and provides affordable, quality homes. That’s something I can put my effort into.”
Cathy retired in 2008, but retirement didn’t suit her. She now works for the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute providing technical assistance and training to employment specialists who help individuals with mental health and substance use go back to work.
Cathy also serves as the District 1 chair on the board of directors for South Kentucky RECC and is beginning her third term.
“I was raised to give back to others,” she says. “You make time for the things that are important to you.”
“I enjoy meeting people and talking to them,” says Brittiany Hudson, a member services supervisor for Warren RECC and an active member of Belmont General Baptist Church.
Each year Brittiany volunteers for Bible school.
“I help the preschool and kindergarten group,” she says. “We set up stations—Bible study, puppets, crafts, music, games and food time. “It’s pretty awesome. The kids are learning about God, and we as volunteers have a small influence on them.”
The Mission Board is another way Brittiany stays involved.
“If someone is in need, we get the board together and see how we can help,” Brittiany explains. “We provide financial support, help with the back-to-school bash that our family resource center does, donate school supplies and provide Thanksgiving meals. Wherever we see a need, we try to help.”
Helping people is also the center of Brittiany’s job at Warren RECC. For 22 years, she has been there when members need assistance.