Coming together for a project

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 03:50 AM

Thank you for the From the East High Class of 83 article and accompanying pictures printed July 12 in The Daily Courier.

It was a privilege to come together with my classmates to work with Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity and give back to the community that nurtured us through the days of our youth and beyond.

In my role as Director of Serve Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond, I have been blessed to work with nine other Habitat affiliates around the Southeast. Rutherford County Habitat’s executive director, Kim Freeman, and its construction supervisor, Doug Bailey, are as good at what they do as any I’ve served with in the past.

Kim was enthusiastically receptive to the idea of our class working together with Rutherford Habitat from the moment I approached her in January. She was always quick to respond to questions and even offered to provide us lunch at the worksite daily. Doug has the people skills to rival his construction skills, which in my experience is a rare combination. He patiently guided us, worked hard alongside us, and affirmed us for the work we completed.

My classmates and I were given much credit for spending only a few days helping to build a house for a family to make their home. Kim, Doug, and the many others associated with Rutherford Habitat do this every day. They are the ones who deserve the credit.

Though we’re too old to be wishing our lives away, my classmates and I are looking forward to next summer and a chance to work again with Rutherford Habitat. We’re on the schedule for July 9-12, 2014. We were truly blessed to work in the present to help a family build a better future while we revisited memories from our past.


Forrest White is the president of the East Rutherford class of 1983 and resides in Richmond, Va.