John DiTullio, an attorney at Titus Brueckner & Levine PLC is shown here on June 22, 2019, attending the new home completion and dedication ceremony of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. This property is located on West Jones Avenue in South Phoenix in a neighborhood welcoming reinvestment. Mr. DiTullio volunteers through the Caritas Coalition which is a group of parish communities including his, the Franciscan Renewal Center (better known as “The Casa”) in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Over a six month period, Mr. DiTullio performed a variety of work including framing, pipe ditch digging, block wall construction, interior drywall placement, joint caulking, and roofing over six months. Mr. DiTullio says, “I learn something new about constructing a home every time I attend a Habitat work session. My grandfathers built their own homes, and even though I did not have the chance to know them personally, I feel a bit of their spirit in me when helping out on these projects.”
Habitat for Humanity is a hand-up, not a handout. The home is not free and the recipient homeowners must also provide their own sweat equity. Through volunteer labor, materials and lower cost land, the financing available to the homeowner is much more affordable leading to a more stable household and needed value enhancement to the area. The homeowners will be a husband and wife who originally migrated to America from Ethiopia. They were raising their two young children in an apartment complex that was a poor environment for them and they confided their fears to a family friend who told them to reach out to Habitat. The family is hard working and grateful to have this opportunity. If you are interested in being a part of your community in this way, go to the Central Arizona Habitat for Humanity website and volunteer. Absolutely no prior experience is necessary and you will not be asked to do anything you feel uncomfortable doing. Go ahead and make a difference!