Special Thank You To Our AmeriCorps National Member

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By Cara Przybylowicz, Volunteer and Community Relations Manager

At Habitat Montco this year, we hosted our AmeriCorps National Service Construction Crew Leader, Paul Rihn! Throughout his service term, Paul has been a part of multiple home dedications, and was able to give the new homeowners their keys, which was a great experience for all to witness!  Paul has worked on many homes throughout the county, and has built relationships with these partner families like no other!  He has been a part of countless Critical Home Repair projects, worked on new construction builds at our Bridgeport site, and has worked on our biggest rehabbed home to date in Pottstown! We could not be more thankful for all of the hard work and effort that Paul has put into our organization over the past year!

 

Paul has made some truly outstanding connections with our homeowners, because of his outgoing personality and desire to serve and give back!  Whenever he can, Paul will talk to the homeowners, whether that is during a lunch break, or even while working on their homes together!  He takes the time to make that connection with each of them, and genuinely wants the best for every one of them!  It is incredibly rewarding for me, as Paul’s Host Site Manager, to see him standing up there with the new homeowner during a home dedication and presenting them with the keys to their new home!  The combination of passion that Paul has for helping people, and getting to know them is undeniably immeasurable.

Paul has been such an outstanding member to work with.  He is dedicated, he is loyal, and most of all Paul is a great role model and an incredible example of a hard worker.  Paul truly takes the time to get to know each volunteer that comes through our system, and is great at learning a little about why they wanted to volunteer.  Since Paul, himself, had been a volunteer with Habitat for about 20 years prior to coming to serve as an AmeriCorps member, he is able to connect on another level with these folks. It is great to see!  Day in and day out, Paul works his hardest out there on the worksite, but it truly is his smile that keeps everyone going!  If you ask anyone in our office, Paul is the man with the million-dollar smile - it really just makes your day!

Although his service term is coming to an end, this is not the end for Paul! I am extremely excited to say that Paul will be returning for another service term with us beginning in August!  Paul is such an asset to our team, and we are more than happy to welcome him back for another year!  We know that this past year will be a hard one to beat, but if anyone can out-do themselves, it's Paul!  We look forward to all of the new accomplishments that Paul will have, and all of the hard work and effort that we know he will put forth!

Thank you, Paul, for your hard work, and continued service to Habitat!  We appreciate all that you have done for us, and all that you continue to do!  We are already looking forward to next year!  Thank you!