UK/CoD student lauded by Habitat for Humanity for volunteer service
November 22, 2013 | School
From the November issue of the Lexington Habitat for Humanity newsletter
When Micah Johnson took an unpaid internship with the Lexington Habitat construction department, she had no idea she would make a connection that would change her life. In a few short months, she built much more than her resume -- she helped build a brighter future for a Habitat homeowner.
A student at the UK College of Design, Micah was incredibly busy over the summer helping design Lexington Habitat's first, fully accessible home for future homeowner Misty Hess. Misty's new home is currently under construction on Ash Street and is sponsored by the UK Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council. Misty, born with cerebral palsy, required an accessible home to accommodate her needs. Micah's design includes a kitchen with cabinets Misty can reach from her wheelchair, an elevated dishwasher and stove, a built-in shower chair, large closets, pocket doors on all interior rooms, outlets raised an additional 18 inches from standard level and light switches at wheelchair level.
Designing the home was a challenge for Micah, who had little experience using the AutoCAD design program. Micah took on the challenge with gusto, learning to use the program and attending meetings to learn more about Misty and her special needs. Her experiences led her to join the UK Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, and she is now helping students to build the home she so carefully designed. The experience is even more special to Micah because Misty is a UK alum.