Students from two campuses worked to provide affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity.
If you were a single mother with five children, and the house you rented was so rodent-infested that you could only keep canned food in the kitchen because perishable items immediately attract rats, would you complain to your landlord or to local housing authorities? Probably not. Because if you did, and the house was condemned as unfit for human habitation, you might find yourself and your children homeless.
This was one of the lessons learned by a group of students from the Avery Point and Storrs campuses this spring. They also learned that Habitat for Humanity can make a huge difference in the lives of the working poor. The organization builds decent and affordable housing – either new construction or complete renovations of existing structures – in partnership with families in need.
For the first time, the Office of Community Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs brought volunteers from Avery Point and Storrs together this spring for an Alternative Breaks/Immersion Weekend. Under the guidance of Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut, the students spent time helping prepare two houses in New London for new owners.