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Habitat for Humanity chapter sending group to Henderson

WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be sending a volunteer group to Henderson for a fall break trip Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 6-8).

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to help eradicate substandard housing. This is done by helping working class poor families who are in substandard housing reach the ultimate goal of home ownership. The partner families must put in “sweat equity” instead of a down payment for their homes and then make monthly zero interest mortgage payments until the home is theirs.

The WKU group will travel to Henderson to assist the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate with various projects. The group will be working on clearing a lot and beginning the foundation of a new home as well as possibly assisting in the Habitat ReStore in Henderson. Gently used merchandise is sold to the public at the ReStore, with funding assisting the Habitat affiliate in that area helping to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

The Habitat for Humanity program works to build houses and hope in communities. Students learn a great deal about building, issues of substandard housing, working and living within a community, cultural differences and most of all themselves as a result of the program.

Participants in the trip include Bryan Reaka, faculty member in WKU’s Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences; student leader Adam Byrd, a senior in Architectural Sciences from Franklin; Behzad Montazeri, a graduate student in Engineering Technology Management from Iran; Ron Avey, a senior in Advanced Manufacturing from Smiths Grove; Zyad Al-Dhahian, a junior Electrical Engineering major from Saudi Arabia; Reza Khanlou, a graduate student in Engineering Technology Management from Iran; and Aida Pourshirazi, a graduate student in Engineering Technology Management from Iran.

Contact: Adam Byrd, (270) 253-2880; or Bryan Reaka, (270) 745-7032

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