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Lending a Hand with Habitat for Humanity

Over Interim Trinity students had the opportunity to help others in need all around the globe. Some, however, stayed a little closer to home in order to help build homes. In January Mandi Maxwell, assistant professor of mathematics, accompanied nine students to Louisiana to work with Habitat for Humanity.

“I have always enjoyed working with my hands, and Habitat provides a great outlet to use that skill to help others,” Maxwell said.   

The team worked on everything from landscaping to framing, caulking to siding.  Students were able to learn about the process of building a house while experiencing first hand the damaging effects of a hurricane. 

“The trip also taught us to be flexible because we never knew where we would end up working each day,” said Michelle L. Voss ’10 of Orland Park, Illinois. “We had a good time getting to know each other and having fun during the trip.” 

The students who participated include: Cassie VandeKamp ’10 of Manchester, Missouri; Jeff Zwier ’10 of Dyer, Indiana; Josh DeBoer ’10 of Schererville, Indiana; Mike Senatore ’11 of Lincolnwood, Illinois; Jason Giddings ’11 of Pella, Iowa; Sky Prins ’09 of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Bethany Verhage ’11 of Moses Lake, Washington; Michelle L. Voss ’10 of Orland Park, Illinois; and Karen Baker ’10 of Mokena, Illinois. Leasa VandeKamp, Cassie’s mother, also accompanied the group.


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