People Helping People: Alex Markham

"I was looking for something in my life. Something was missing, and it created this unsettled, frantic feeling. I signed up to do disaster response without knowing how to do anything. I could use a hammer and that was it. I fully admit that I was scared. We were in rough areas where they had bulletproof glass on the inside to protect workers, but those spaces became my second home. I realized that I was completely capable. It empowered me to trust myself in every aspect of my life. When you feel confident and capable, helping people and reaching out is natural."        -Alex Markham

Alex is a volunteer for the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, a non-profit organization which aims to improve the health of children by improving the quality of their homes to meet their health needs. It began as a spinoff from a campaign to end lead poisoning in children in Grand Rapids and expanded to include other environmental hazards as well. 

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