|Helping Heals 2012, Austin, TX|
During their February winter break from school, a group of our selfless young adults traveled with Tuesday's Children's Helping Heals program to Austin, TX to work with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in need. The teens were involved in different phases of constructing several houses including painting, landscaping, assembling kitchen cabinets, calking and installing doors.
Working alongside the potential owner helped give the teens a real connection to the project and motivation to do a really good job. These teenagers have not forgotten how family, friends and the nation reached out to them in their time of need. This year's Helping Heals program gave them the opportunity to “pay it forward” by helping others. As Max Arczynski, 18, from Stowe, Vermont poignantly shared, “We’re here in Austin helping others rebuild their future which gives us the opportunity to rebuild ourselves.”
In addition to the build, the group enjoyed a Segway Tour of the capital, a University of Texas basketball game, learned the Texas Two Step and enjoyed regional food in Austin.
The compelling and inspiring nature of the Helping Heals program led to local coverage of our teens with Habitat for Humanity down in Austin. See Fox News' coverage below: