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April14-18, 2014

Students:  Tinbit Alemayehu, Nicole Boodoo, Katherine Brown, Herman Chenwi, Amanda Mazer, Sarah Rahman, and Jacob Reinhard

Advisors:  Brittany Budden and Kathie Martin

For the Center for Service Learning's 2014 Alternative Spring Break, students traveled to Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey to assist Habitat for Humanity with building and renovating homes affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  For 20 years, Coastal Habitat for Humanity of New Jersey has served families, seniors, and veterans in 18 Souther Monmouth County citites and towns in need of safe, decent housing.  With the support of generous volunteers, the organization has expanded its mission to include a long-term committment to repair, rebuild and restore communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy.  While in New Jersey, the group spent time working on three different homes.  Their first day was spent doing finishing work on two homes in preparation for the families to move back in later in the month.  The rest of the week was spent constructing the frame and supporting structure for the entire first floor of a brand new home for a single mother and her son whose previous home was completely destroyed by the storm.

Herman paints a stair railing   Tinbit paints base trim near a doorway

For their first volunteer assignment, the group made finishing touches on a home that had already been restored.  Here, Herman (left) and Tinbit (right) put finishing touches on some areas with white paint.

  3 participants look over the construction plans for the house

The bulk of the group's week was spent working on building the first floor of a home for a single mother and her son.  This day, Katherine, Nicole, and Sarah interpreted the building plans.

Nicole and Jacob put in braces for the support beams

Nicole and Jacob take a break from bracing the floor joists for a quick photo.

Group posing in front of a Habitat for Humanity work van

The group poses in front of the Coastal Habitat for Humanity work van.

The 2014 spring break trip was an awesome experience.  Our thanks to the dedicated students and advisors who participated!