I’ve always been able to build things, so working with Habitat for Humanity was the perfect match for me.
Bill grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut. He became an officer in the USNUSN through OCS and found himself in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. He stayed in the reserves after leaving active duty and ultimately reached the rank of Rear Admiral. Bill worked in the steel industry for about 30 years before starting his own home repair business in 1993. Bill finally retired in 2005. His wife Kathy will join him on the cruise.
Bill has always enjoyed building and remodeling and that led him to set up his own home repair business. These skills are perfect for Habitat for Humanity, which Bill has worked with for almost twenty years. He's been on the Board of Trustees and served as President of his local affiliate, but mostly he supervises construction of new homes in the field. So far, Bill has helped build over 40 homes.
Hurricane Katrina was a call to action in 2005, and Bill was one of the first to respond. His Habitat affiliate pre-built locally the interior and exterior walls for seven new homes, transported everything to Louisiana, and then installed the homes at various sites in the state. Bill puts in about 100 hours a month with Habitat for Humanity and says: "I like to use my skills and help other people at the same time. Habitat is a great way to help people who want to help themselves. It's not a freebie. The new owners work side by side with us".
In addition to Habitat for Humanity, Bill is active with the local Meals on Wheels, bringing meals to seniors every week and on holidays. He works with a Hunger Center in Cleveland's inner city and is on the advisory board of his county's Department of Aging. Says Bill: "I like to keep my fingers in a wide range or charitable efforts. It's very satisfying work".