Habitat for Humanity volunteers are 'laboring' this weekend in Yonkers

(08/31/03) YONKERS - The Westchester chapter of Habitat For Humanity flew in 10 people from Minnesota to help needy families in Yonkers this weekend.

Over this Labor Day weekend, the volunteers helped build a house in Yonkers for families in desperate need of affordable housing. The workers that came to Westchester are all from the small town of Plainview, Minnesota. They came to Yonkers as part of a Habitat for the Humanity project, to volunteer their time so those who are less fortunate can put a roof over their heads.

One worker, John Zabel, grew up on a farm where everyone depended on each other to get the job done. Many other volunteers are learning house-building skills on the fly. All the workers who traveled so far from home to help say enjoy what they do. They say by lending a helping hand, they come away with a wonderful feeling.

One of the homes being built is for the Guzman family of Yonkers. A stray bullet struck and killed their daughter, Amy, back in January of 2001. Kashawn Jones of Yonkers was convicted of that crime and was sentenced to 5-15 years in prison.

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