Students Donate Time To Build House

Updated: 3/14/2014 10:09 pm

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A slab of cement and layout of lumber in the Victoria’s Swan Crossing neighborhood will soon become a place for Kimberle Gaitan and her three sons to call home.


The family, along with a group of University of Houston Victoria and Texas Christian University students, spent their spring break building a house. The project is part of Habitat for Humanity.


“I went and helped put up tresses on the roof which is like the framework before you put the shingles on before the roof and help a little bit with the walls,” UHV Junior Nathan Falkenstein said.


Even though the slab was only poured a little over a week ago, the three bedroom home should be ready for move-in before summer.


“We’re hoping that the work that the students did this past week that they put us about four weeks ahead of schedule so were hoping that it will be done mid-May,” Rebekah Logan, Habitat for Humanity Outlying Counties Resource Coordinator, said.


Logan said it’s inspiring to see students donating their time outside of school.


“We had students come here and just serve their entire spring break. They didn’t take a break, they didn’t relax, and they were out here busting their tails putting a roof on a house,” Logan said.


And it’s something Falkenstein said he would do again.


“This is an awesome organization, and just the idea of helping someone in need, its real encouraging to me, and I know it’s probably encouraging to the families who get to be in that home,” Falkenstein said.


The Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity meets every Saturday to build homes. If you would like to volunteer, contact LeAnne Welder at 361-573-2511.

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