We are excited to introduce our AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leaders for the 2016-2017 service year! Mary (top) and Moya (bottom) will join our construction team on August 23rd to help us build houses 124 and 125 in Siler City, finish house 123 in Pittsboro, and start house 127 later this fall.
Mary O’Brien is a social worker, phlebotomist, and EMT who has dedicated her life to helping others. She has extensive experience working with high risk youth, foster children, new parents, the aged, inmates, people in recovery, and people with special needs. Mary has supported Habitat for Humanity since her college years, volunteering in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Kentucky, and the Dominican Republic. Although her two rescues, Bell the dog and Jazz the cat, keep her busy, Mary also enjoys horseback riding, camping, kayaking, traveling, learning about other cultures, studying naturopathic medicine, and is a martial artist of 15 years. Mary says, “I’m honored, thankful and feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with AmeriCorps and hope to continue my life of service through Habitat after my AmeriCorps service year.”
Moya Hallstein describes herself as a cross-pollinator. Her life is rich with a broad diversity of experiences, skills and passions. She has worked as a carpenter for a custom builder, turns wrenches to keep her ’93 Toyota pick-up truck running, and has a thorough background in sustainable, organic farming. She plays the bassoon with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia and is bilingual in Spanish after living in Latin America for years. Moya is also a beekeeper and President of the Chatham County Beekeepers Association and she farms part-time, raising chickens to sell eggs and growing garlic, shallots, and leeks. When she has time to play, Moya can be found rock climbing and sailing with her father in New England. Moya says, “I find working with Chatham County Habitat deeply rewarding – connecting with volunteers and families, empowering people through new skills, and coming together in community to build affordable homes. I am super excited to take this work to another level and join the AmeriCorps team.”
Mary and Moya will be working with us through June of 2017. Please help welcome our new AmeriCorps members to Chatham Habitat!