In the summer of 2006 a young man and a young lady decided to give a day of their time to volunteer at a Habitat jobsite. That decision led to a beautiful relationship that culminated in a wedding ceremony the following summer.
The young woman was the now former Wendy Ewald, a special education teacher who was coming out to volunteer with her church; Forrest Burdette United Methodist. When other church members had scheduling conflicts and couldn’t make it out that Saturday morning, Wendy decided that she would go anyway. The young man, Rob Laukoter, former President of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and pastor at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Culloden, was fulfilling his responsibility to work on the board of directors’ “Board Build Day.” Little did he know that his life would forever be changed that day. A little over a year later the two were wed.
To celebrate their love, Rob and Wendy decided to ask their friends and family to honor their marriage by coming out for a day to work on the Habitat jobsite. One week before their wedding, a large contingent of friends and family helped to build a Habitat house on Charleston’s West Side. Habitat held a special lunchtime ceremony to mark the occasion and the bride-to-be was given a hard hat with a veil to wear during the ceremony.
Rob and Wendy remain committed to the mission of Habitat for Humanity and volunteer often.