With a fear of heights and a history of broken bones, Habitat for Humanity might have been the least likely place for our member spotlight, Sara Rakovec, to feel at home. But Sara has fit right in since her first experience with Habitat on a UW-Whitewater spring break trip to Biloxi, Mississippi. Now, after seven years of experience with the organization, she’s tried her hand at countless tasks on the worksite, but her favorite is framing because it allows her to really see the impact she is making on a house.
Sara has had some very memorable and meaningful experiences in her time working with Habitat. She describes one such encounter on her college spring break trip: “I was talking to a homeowner who had lost everything during the hurricane. We were having a pretty in-depth conversation when she opened up to me, telling me that the day she found out she had been selected for Habitat she was contemplating suicide. After that phone call, she knew she could pull it together for her children and she was so thankful for everything Habitat was helping her with.” Sara’s conversation with this homeowner, whom she still keeps in touch with, really brought to light the profound impact Habitat for Humanity has on those it helps and continues to remind Sara why she is committed to volunteering her time for an organization she is proud to be a part of.
Learn more about how you can have a profound impact in Milwaukee with the Habitat Young Professionals.