On Saturday, May 11, a team of teal-clad volunteers from New Hanover Regional Medical Center worked to raise the first walls on a Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity house that will soon be home to one of their coworkers.
Standing side by side with Karey, a nurse assistant at NHRMC, the team built, lifted, and secured the main walls of her future home. This is the ninth home that NHRMC has sponsored and built for an NHRMC employee.
Before the first wall was raised, the volunteers gathered with staff from Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Steve Spain, Executive Director of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, spoke about the connection between safe, affordable, stable housing and health.
NHRMC’s president and CEO, John Gizdic related NHRMC’s work with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity to NHRMC’s mission of Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health.
NHRMC knows that housing is one aspect that plays into the social determinants of health and that community members without housing stability have more barriers to achieving optimal health.
After Gizdic’s opening remarks, the volunteers got to work on Karey’s house and the steady beat of hammers mingled with the chirping of birds to greet the day. By the time the day’s work was done, the main walls of the house were raised and Karey could count a few more of her coworkers as friends.
Watch NHRMC volunteers raise the first wall on Karey's home: