Rachel Klein is a Wednesday Regular, a term of affection we have for those hearty, dedicated souls who volunteer each week at a Habitat build site.
Rachel began working with Habitat for Humanity as an undergraduate at York College. As a senior, Rachel spent her spring break in Dade City, Florida working onsite for a local Habitat chapter. Her positive experience on the trip prompted her to return the following year as a graduate student. In 2014, Rachel moved from Reading to Lancaster to take a position as a chemist at Lancaster Laboratories. Since moving, Rachel has worked on construction sites at Fairview Avenue and Elizabethtown, and is currently volunteering at the South Christian Street home renovation.
When Rachel became a volunteer, she had almost no construction experience outside of basic painting and measuring skills. Since working with Habitat, Rachel has learned, among many other things, how to frame, to make stairs, to put up drywall, and to use various tools. She feels confident in her new skills and is proud to put them to use in her own home, whether that be for home repairs or craft projects.
She describes her experience as welcoming, and emphasizes that everyone on the site was helpful and patient with her as she learned. She enjoys the “really fun atmosphere” of the worksite and encourages other women to get involved. But above all, she values the connections she makes with homeowners as she works side-by-side with them in building a brighter future.