MACON, Georgia(41NBC/WMGT) - A man who has worked with several hundred people throughout middle Georgia, and helped turn lives around through building houses, is getting ready to retire.
Monty Cheshire has been the Volunteer Coordinator for Macon Habitat for Humanity since 2008, after being a franchise owner with Papa John's. Cheshire and his wife decided it was time for a change of pace in life, so they sold off their franchises, which put him out of a job before he was ready to stop working.
Cheshire, is now saying goodbye to his duties with Habitat, and saying hello to retirement.
"I wouldn't take anything for it," Cheshire explains. "All the days of sweating, and I'd come home just dead tired...but it's a great feeling."
On any given day, Cheshire's duties have him fulfilling many different roles.
"I may be hauling paint, I may be speaking to a little civic group...some days you get to dress cleanly...and other days you're right in the trenches. That makes for a great balance, at least for me, I enjoy that!"
Cheshire's boss, Harold Tessendorf, says Cheshire was someone who stood out among the rest, when he hired him four years ago, because he understood a very basic concept;
"People are not machines. You have to spend the time to get to know your volunteers, to know where you can best utilize them, but also in a way that's meaningful to them," Tessendorf brags of Cheshire.
Cheshire says, even though his duties may officially be over as of May 30th, he will likely still stick around and volunteer and check in to see how things are going. He also expects to spend his Saturdays doing something he hasn't done in four years; spending time on his wooden boat, and fixing up old sports cars.
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