March 23, 2012

Students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge

Conventual Franciscan Father John Bamman, second from left, associate pastor of St. Joseph University Parish in Terre Haute, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students, from left, Kyle Bippus, Katherine Czaplicki, Michael Junge, Angelica Cox, Katelyn Stenger and Lisa Lillis help build a house in Tupelo, Miss., during the St. Joseph University Parish campus ministry service trip from Feb. 26 to March 3 as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, a national project to help the poor. (Submitted photo)

Conventual Franciscan Father John Bamman, second from left, associate pastor of St. Joseph University Parish in Terre Haute, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students, from left, Kyle Bippus, Katherine Czaplicki, Michael Junge, Angelica Cox, Katelyn Stenger and Lisa Lillis help build a house in Tupelo, Miss., during the St. Joseph University Parish campus ministry service trip from Feb. 26 to March 3 as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, a national project to help the poor. (Submitted photo) Click for a larger version.

Students from St. Joseph University Parish’s campus ministry group in Terre Haute volunteered with Habitat for Humanity during the spring breaks for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana State University in late February and early March.

The students participated in the Collegiate Challenge, Habitat’s national alternative spring break program.

“This is St. Joe’s first time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge,” said Jeff Schaffer, a Catholic campus minister at the parish. “We are excited to serve the community and help ensure that families have decent, affordable housing.”

Conventual Franciscan Father John Bamman, associate pastor, also participated in the service project.

The Rose-Hulman Institute students helped build a new home and the Indiana State University students assisted with emergency home repairs.

Both groups also prayed and reflected on their experiences as well as social justice issues related to poverty and housing. †

 

 

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