SHU-Sponsored Habitat House is Dedicated

News Story: November 1, 2011
Olivia Durning '12, 2nd from left,
addressed the crowd on dedication day.

After months of hard work and ups and downs (including the theft of $3,000 worth of wiring), Sacred Heart University’s Habitat for Humanity house at 554 Jane St. in Bridgeport was officially dedicated on Sunday, November 27. “The Valazquez family has the keys and will be moved in by mid- to late December,” said Bill Haug ‘12, president of SHU’s campus Habitat for Humanity chapter.

The house was a joint effort by SHU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter and Youth United of Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County and was made possible through grants and considerations from the university, city organizations and corporate sponsors, Haug said.

While the house was being built, crews of 12-15 students from the 300-strong campus chapter could be found hard at work at any given time. Students chose building tasks of particular interest to them and were guided by construction supervisors on the Habitat staff.

Olivia Durning ’12, vice president of SHU’s campus Habitat chapter, spoke on behalf of the chapter. Other speakers represented Youth United and Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. During the festivities, the Valazquez family received gifts of a Bible and a housewarming basket of goodies.

“It feels good to know the Valazquez family has the keys. Hopefully they finally feel as though the house is actually theirs. They deserve it,” Haug said.

He said this project is particularly rewarding for the club because it is the first time the campus club sponsored its own house. Future fundraising projects for the group include Gingerbread housemaking and photos with Santa next month and a Pub Night next semester. “And, of course, 95 students are scheduled for five house-building trips during spring break,” he added.

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