Habitat for Humanity Plans Alternative Spring Break Service Trip to Greenville, Georgia

Members of Habitat for Humanity pose from left to right: (top row) Catherine Koch, Dana Mead, Jon Kallevang, Chris Rodkey, Katie Cain, Jen Slomski, Marc Hume, Katie Studholme, (front row): Adel Chergui, Sarah Hanley, Sara Childerston, Gina Nearing, Elizabeth Benge, and Monica Powell (Photo Submitted by Katie Cain_
Members of Habitat for Humanity pose from left to right: (top row) Catherine Koch, Dana Mead, Jon Kallevang, Chris Rodkey, Katie Cain, Jen Slomski, Marc Hume, Katie Studholme, (front row): Adel Chergui, Sarah Hanley, Sara Childerston, Gina Nearing, Elizabeth Benge, and Monica Powell (Photo Submitted by Katie Cain_

This spring break, the Habitat for Humanity club will be heading to Greenville, Georgia.

The club has gone on these trips for the last six years. Two years ago the club went to Alabama and last year they went to Greenville.

The purpose of the trip is to build a house for a family who qualifies due to the qualifications of Habitat.

“The main objective is to help Habitat for Humanity whose mission is to build houses for people in the mid-range who can’t afford houses,” said senior, Katie Cain, President of the Habitat chapter here on campus.

The spring break trip is a week long and sees the fifteen students and faculty advisor build one house.

“We start with the concrete foundation. We work everyday eight to four on the house by the end of the week we’re up to the roof and shingles,” said Cain.

The trip is planned mostly by the affiliate the group stays with, but the St. Mary’s chapter focuses on getting the students together here.

“We get registration packets from Habitat for Humanity as well as St. Mary’s forms. We put them together in a packet, and we send out all students e-mails,” said Cain.

Students who participate in the trip have all different levels of experience and have become involved in different ways. “My sister did the trip when she went here. She talked about how awesome it was and I got involved through her contacts with [then President] Megan Hickman,” said senior Jen Slomiski.

Another member, senior Monica Powell, stumbled into Habitat when she went on the trip last year.

“I went last year to Greenville. Prior to that I wasn’t really involved, but after that it inspired me to apply to be on the exec board, and I’m actually going to be co-President next year,” said Powell.

The members last year stayed in a grain silo and bonded with the community through community provided dinners.

“We choose to go back to Greenville this year because of the overwhelming southern hospitality,” said Cain. The group not only bonds through the meals, but also through the road trip down to Georgia and the time spent in the silo.

The members of the group want to stress that the trip is open to everyone and that experience levels should not stop anyone from applying.

“I wouldn’t let inexperience stop you; that’s what Habitat’s all about,” said Powell.

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