Some of the injured workers in our Transition2Work program are mentally ready to return-to-work but physically, their doctor wants them to stay home or refrain from driving. At ReEmployAbility, we believe that anyone who is capable of something can make an impact in the community where they live.
ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work participants benefit not-for-profits across the country while in the Transition2Work program. Participants are able to heal from their work-related injury while helping their community’s local not-for-profit – a true win-win!
One of the not-for-profits we work with is Habitat for Humanity Laredo-Webb County. This locally-based affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International was incorporated and chartered in April 1995 with a mission to eliminate substandard housing by building simple, decent, and affordable houses for hardworking, low-income families in Laredo and Webb County.
We work with Habitat for Humanity across the country and we sat down with Albert Salinas for this local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International to learn how Transition2Work participants impact their mission.
Briefly describe your organization’s goals for the community you serve.
We have several goals for the Laredo community:
- To continue an aggressive construction schedule to build new homes, perform critical home repairs, and “A Brush with Kindness” projects.
- To continue to build green, sustainable, energy-efficient homes.
- To increase the number of individuals available to work on our construction sites, including staff members, volunteers, construction teams, and trained volunteer leaders.
- To increase the number of lots in our inventory.
- To reach out and form community coalitions to better serve our community.
How has your experience been with ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work participants?
Our experience with ReEmployAbilty and their volunteers has been amazing, I think our Volunteer Services Manager, Lizeth Perez, says it best:
“I had the opportunity to work alongside two ReEmployAbility volunteers. Their work was outstanding and they helped the organization a lot and helped everything run smoothly. As a non-profit organization which depends heavily on volunteers every day, these volunteers made a tremendous difference.”
In your opinion, how does the injured worker benefit from participating in T2W or volunteering in their community?
Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer program assists program participants by exposing them on how to manage clerical assignments, task completion, administrative functions, and marketing outreach with community. We believe in developing their skills and exposing them to community service.
What is the most important message that you would like to relay to the readers about your organization?
Habitat for Humanity Laredo works to create decent and affordable housing while partnering with those in need and volunteers. We encourage every person who undertakes to make a difference to participate in developing their skills in clerical staffing duties, administrative duties, marketing outreach, and also in building logistics.
What is the best way readers can sign up to volunteer?
Habitat for Humanity Laredo may be reached for volunteering at:
Habitat for Humanity, 4703 Warehouse Lane Laredo, Texas 78041