Doing great things with Habitat for Humanity
While some students are basking in the warm glow of spring break sun at some tropical destination, a team of Lakeland College students take part in an alternate spring break helping Habitat for Humanity build afforable housing.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based nonprofit organization that eliminates poverty housing by providing volunteers - such as these Lakeland students - opportunities to build affordable, safe places to live.
Lakeland students have supported Habitat's mission by traveling to places around the United States to help fix up underdeveloped housing for families in need. In the past, the team has traveled to Wyoming, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisiana. The team pays for most of the trip through fundraising and local builds.
In 2013, the Show Me state got a little taste of what "Northern Comfort" feels like as the Lakeland's Habitat team spent its spring break helping people in Springfield, Mo.
During their week-long stay, the team of fifteen students and two staff members, built stair cases for houses that were still under construction, they helped replace several entry ways leading up to the homes and they helped with the deconstruction of vacant lots.
"The ability to give someone a home is one of the greatest gifts one can give another," said Nate Dehne, the senior advisor for Lakeland's Habitat chapter. "A home is a place where people can create memories, tradition and be together with friends and family. For these students to play a role in giving people a home is truly a blessing."
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