By Kelsey Keener
CEDAR CITY–Rotary members Robert Cox and Brennan Wood recently traveled to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, with five local Rotary Interact members to help build homes for families in need.
The humanitarian effort was part of a youth project in which Rotary Interact members partnered with Families Helping Families. Cedar City Rotary and Interact members were a part of the 60 Utah residents who participated in the project. Local Rotarians have been going to Puerto Penasco for nine years to help build these houses and frequently take Interact members along.
In a press release, Cox said the Interact members who participate in the project raise their own money for food, transportation and housing along with money to build the houses. He has contributed to the project for eight years and said the it is a valuable experience for all who participate.
“The one thing that I’ve always noticed is that we go to change the lives of people down there and we end up with our lives changed as well,” he said.
In order to qualify for a home through Families Helping Families, families in Puerto Penasco must have employment and be willing to help in the construction of their home. Local Rotarians and Interact members spent one week alongside those families building homes.