They say that it takes a village, and that’s certainly true when it comes to Flower City Habitat for Humanity. There’s one particular volunteer who works tirelessly and has helped make a house a home for so many in Rochester.
“When people think of Habitat, they usually think of being on the build site, which I have certainly done, but there are also a number of other committees,” says Dawn Pruszynski.
In her nearly 22 years as a volunteer, Pruszynski has done it all.
Development Director Ethel Duble says, “She just pours her heart and her soul into helping her homebuyers, and we consider her our lead coach, help navigate through the homebuyer program so that they can successfully attain and sustain a home of their own.”
Pruszynski adds, “I feel like I’m learning. I’m their coach but that’s really a loose term because I learn from them as much as they learn something from me about home ownership and everything.”
The families helped by Habitat for Humanity are referred to as “homebuyers”, because they really are. It’s not free. Not only are they financially vetted, coached, and prepared, they are required hundreds of hours in sweat equity to work for their home. Pruszynski helps them do that.
“Dawn cares. She’s just a human being that cares about others. She has a love in her heart that pours forth to help the people she’s working with and coaching,” Duble tells News 8.
“Working alongside homebuyers and getting to know their stories, it really enriches me,” Pruszynski says.
And Pruszynski, with the help of everyone else at Flower City Habitat for Humanity, enrich the lives of the families they serve as well.