Guam sailors, volunteers rehabilitate home for Habitat for Humanity

by MC2 (EXW) Timothy Wilson
Joint Region Marianas PAO

DEDEDO, Guam (Aug. 12, 2014) – In an ongoing volunteer project, Sailors from Coastal Riverine Group 1 Detachment Guam (CRG-1 Det. Guam), Habitat for Humanity of Guam and community members helped a local family renovate their home in Dededo Aug. 9.

Over the course of three weeks, the volunteers have been scraping and chipping paint, applying new paint, sanding woodwork, repairing cabinets and doors as well as other interior renovations.

“The Sailors are amazing and heaven sent,” said Frances Marriott whose mother owns the house. “I thought I was going to have to do this whole project myself but I asked Habitat for Humanity for volunteers and I got so much more. It’s a great opportunity and we are very grateful. The Sailors have been working very hard.” 

Marriott came from off island to help her mother in her time of need. Prior to the renovation efforts, the home was dilapidated and uninhabitable. She said that the efforts of all the volunteers are truly a gift.

“I volunteer because I feel it is very important to give back to the community,” said Ensign Diarious Travis, attached to CRG-1 Det. Guam. “Coming up through the ranks, I have always tried to help others in need or less fortunate than ourselves.”

Travis said the host family has been very kind and generous, giving the volunteers food and drink. Over the course of the project, the Sailors also had the opportunity to forge new friendships.

“It is always pleasant to work with positive people and people that appreciate your quality time,” he said. “It is important to give back. Even though I am an officer, I don’t want to tell my junior Sailors to volunteer and be active in the community if I am not doing the same thing as well.”

Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Alicia Aguon, who also participated in the renovation efforts, said she was very thankful for the support of the Sailors, community members and other organizations that assist Habitat for Humanity.

“Without support from each individual with this project and other projects looking ahead, we would not be able to continue our mission to end substandard living on Guam,” Aguon said. “We have a long way to go, but we are able to achieve our goals toward our mission because of each volunteer helping alongside our partner families.”

Marriott said the work should be completed within another week and her mother will be able to move back into her house.

'“On behalf of my family, we are so grateful for Habitat for Humanity, the Sailors and the community for all the hard work they have done while completing a goal we had,” she said. “I cannot wait to work together in future projects.”

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