We helped H4H in getting the two five-plex residences at 6324 and 6328 Bowwood Drive NW Calgary further along in their construction.  We started work at 8:30 am and finished the day at 4 pm.  Two of us painted, others helped install doors, cabinets, handrails or helped with packing up all the cardboard and other odd jobs. The H4H staff were great.  They treated us great and provided all of the safety equipment and even taught us a few things, and they gave all of us the “Every One” lime green H4H T-shirts to keep.

Thanks to all of the volunteers!

Seven Knights members attended the build day. Six volunteers from Council 7432: Lloyd Bichel, myself, Mario Padula, George Sarsfield, Willis Winter and Andrew Zand.  A shout out to brother Fadi Batarseh from Corpus Christi Council 7871 who helped us by filling in at the last minute when our brother Leo Crasto found he could not make it and had to cancel.  Other parishioners and the CWL made it an even dozen volunteers for the construction aspects.  The other construction volunteers from the St. Bonaventure Community were Lorraine Clark, CWL (the overall organizer of this event), Anne Wagner (also CWL), James and Margaret Huber, and Keith Wallis.  Four ladies (Kathleen Winter, Anita Ardumai, Levinia Hawkins and Christina Heart) from the CWL prepared and delivered an awesome lunch.  I see on the parish web site that so far, only $1700 was raised of the required $2000, so the parish is advertising it for a while longer, and are going to top it up to the required $2000, if no further donations are provided. As you know, Council 7432 also provided an one-time $500 donation too.
Brother Leo is going to prepare the Faith in Action report (formerly Surge with Service report), and I will be working with him to submit the K of C Supreme Form 10092. Brother Leo has offered to chair the planning of the next potential event involving our Council.  He is going to check with Marilou LeGeyt, in the Social Justice Office of the Diocese of Calgary on exactly how we can participate again in the future.  Marilou tracks all catholic groups offering volunteer work with H4H in Calgary as part of the Bishop’s overall commitment to the H4H Interfaith Build Campaign.

One of the learnings for me was that brother John Chrumka of our Council, who has served as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer for many years, was not eligible to participate with us for this build day.  I hope that we can get around that in the future so that our brothers can participate along with John on upcoming H4H projects.  In closing I hope that our work will inspire more Councils in Calgary to help H4H to build homes for families in need.

Vivat Jesus,

John Leszkowicz, Grand Knight, St. Bonaventure Council 7432, Calgary