Students raise $60,000, build house for local family
Through various fundraisers, students raised the $60,000 needed to build the house for the recipient and her three daughters. The project began in February 2014, and students have worked almost every weekend at the site.
Donna Vincent, director of Habitat for Humanity, said that the project would have been impossible to complete without Liberty students.
“We are so privileged to have you involved in our ministry and our mission to demonstrate God’s love in action by bringing people together, and you have done that,” she said. “There is absolutely no way we could have done this without you.”
Vincent presented students with an award of appreciation for their commitment to their mission and the families they serve. She also presented Alison Pettit, Liberty’s Habitat for Humanity Club faculty advisor and assistant professor in Liberty’s College of General Studies, with a separate appreciation award calling her, “fearless, tireless, and a go-getter.”
Pettit said the project taught students to give back to their local community.
“God had so many things come along the way, and He opened so many doors for this project,” she said. “I had an amazing group of students who made all of this happen and now, two years later, we have a house entirely constructed.”
Vincent Ross, a junior at Liberty, helped with the build.
He said he immediately wanted to help with the project because his family received a house from Habitat for Humanity when he was younger.
He recounted his former house having no running water and no bathroom.
“When we received our home in 2008, it was a blessing, because I remember going into the kitchen, turning on the sink, and there was running water,” he said. “This reminded me that there are people out in the world who care. I chose to help, because I wanted to pay it forward.”
Students had the opportunity to tour the house on Friday afternoon. Habitat for Humanity will dedicate the house later this spring.