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MCPHS Habitat for Humanity Helps Build Four New Homes in Oklahoma City


During the week of March 6, nine students and one staff member from the MCPHS Chapter of Habitat for Humanity participated in the Collegiate Challenge alternative break program. The group traveled to Oklahoma City and partnered with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity to work on homes being built in the Hope Crossing housing development. The student group included Amanda Martin, Emily McPherson, Heather Hathaway, Jillian Capone, Kristi Devine, Samira Fdal, Linh Lam, Gregory Malvey and Elizabeth Tricario.

Hope Crossing is Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity's five-phase, 59-acre project and features energy efficient three bedroom, two-bath homes. By 2012, the Habitat for Humanity community will contain 217 homes by, more than 150 of which have already been built. Their energy efficiency delivers multiple environmental benefits and cuts utility costs up to 50%, a huge savings for low-income residents who purchase the homes. Once completed, Hope Crossing will be the largest green-built Habitat community in the United States.

MCPHS volunteers spent most of the week assisting with building the homes at Hope Crossing. They installed windows, nailed in support beams, caulked, painted and weatherized the new homes. The group also volunteered at A Brush with Kindness, a Habitat program which seeks to help low-income homeowners restore their homes so that they can continue to live in a safe, affordable home. Volunteers helped a senior citizen refurbish flood-damaged parts of her home, and paint the exterior.

The MCPHS group's volunteer work helped at least four families in Hope Crossing achieve their dreams of home ownership. After the day spent with A Brush with Kindness, the homeowner told students that she was proud of her home for the first time in many years.