Habitat for Humanity breaks ground

University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. to speak at ground- breaking of first fully funded student-built house since 1999 | February 11, 2005

Xavier University’s Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with Millcreek Valley Habitat for Humanity and Ursuline Academy, broke ground for a new home on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 9:00 a.m. The groundbreaking took place at 2129 Garfield in West College Hill. The home is scheduled to be completed by April, and it’s estimated that 350 volunteers will work on the house.

University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., was the featured speaker.

“Participating in Habitat for Humanity is such an enriching experience for our students in so many ways,” Graham says. “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 is for a mother and her five-year-old son. The son is confined to a wheelchair so the house is designed with that in mind.

“The house will be built to accommodate the boy and have things such as a ramp plus wider doors and showers,” says Katrina Mahlerwein, funds and resources 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 contact Mahlerwein at 513 924-8824 or mahlerweinkr@xavier.edu.