University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., will be the featured speaker. The home is scheduled to be completed by April. It’s estimated 350 volunteers will work on the house.
“Participating in Habitat for Humanity is such an enriching experience for our students in so many ways,” says Graham. “Building the home, getting to know the family, being a part of the community, the whole process allows students to engage and collaborate from beginning to end.”
Members of Xavier’s Habitat for Humanity have helped build many homes in recent years, but this is the first house fully funded by Xavier’s Habitat for Humanity since the 1998-1999 school year. The group, with help from Ursuline Academy, held a Rake-A-Thon last fall to raise money for the project and plans more fundraisers this semester. Millcreek Valley Habitat for Humanity is also making a donation to the Xavier group for the home.
The house will become home to a mother and her five-year-old son. The son is confined to a wheelchair so the house was designed with that in mind.
“The house will be built to accommodate the boy, and includes things such as a ramp plus wider doors and showers,” says Katrina Mahlerwein, fundraising and resource chair. “We are excited that we can be a part of such an amazing project and can't wait to swing the first hammer.”
Xavier Habitat for Humanity is still seeking donations. To make a donation please contact Mahlerwein at 513 924-8824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.