We are building homes for people in need, but also going into
neglected neighborhoods and bringing them back to life.
When Sandy Wesch was growing up outside of San Antonio, Texas, she loved to help her dad around the house. She would assist with projects, asking questions and taking frequent trips to the lumberyard. Her early passion for handy work around the house led to a Civil Engineering degree from Texas A&M.
Sandy moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area after college, where she worked for the Texas Department of Transportation and then an engineering consulting firm. But, long hours and travel as a consultant left her days booked from start to finish. When she took a job with the regional planning commission, she found time to do some volunteering. Enter The Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Sandy was immediately hooked and has worked on several hundred houses in the Dallas area.
In regional planning, we are trying to plan the future infrastructure of our cities to improve the community," said Sandy. "My planning role is somewhat akin to that of a community servant, and Habitat for Humanity meshes with that, perfectly. We are building homes for people in need, but also going into neglected neighborhoods and bringing them back to life."
In 2014, The Carter Work Project came to Dallas. Community Celebrity Alumni David Fisk linked up with Cabot, which brought their Farmers' Gratitude Grille to the event to help feed the 5,000 volunteers. One of the volunteers in the crowd that week was Sandy. Her commitment to Habitat led to a nomination that she be named a Cabot Community Celebrity in 2015.
"I remember how I felt when I bought my first house," Sandy said. "How excited and scared I was and all the emotions you go through. To see the joy and happiness on families' faces when they see the completed house… it chokes me up every time."
Sandy's service to Habitat stretches well beyond the borders of Dallas. For the past six years, she has dedicated two vacation weeks to assist with an international Habitat project. Her "working vacations" have taken her to Nepal, New Zealand, Madagascar, Mongolia, El Salvador, and coming up in August 2016, Macedonia! In each location she helps provide essential housing in areas of desperate need.
In her spare time she loves to work out, read, and crochet vibrantly colored blankets for sick children through Project Linus. Her friend, Marina Lin, will join her on the cruise.