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Eleven women from Trinity, eager to help others, headed to Harvey, Illinois, on April 14 to participate in the College’s first Women Build project, sponsored by the Office of Community Partnerships. The office partnered with Habitat for Humanity’s Chicago South Suburbs affiliate to organize the build.

The nine students, along with Kim Salley, assistant, office of community partnerships; and Dr. Mandi Maxwell, assistant professor of mathematics, worked on one of the homes built for families in the area.

“This is an awesome experience,” said Salley. “It’s so well worth the effort when you know you are helping someone in need who appreciates the efforts of others.”

Due to inclement weather during the week, the group was redirected from the scheduled build in Chicago Heights to a completed home in Harvey where the women worked hard on landscaping.

“God was truly working with us that day,” said Megan Crawley ’09 of Alsip, Illinois. “We had a great group of women, and it was amazing how fast and how well we all worked together.”

The owner of the Harvey home, Michelle Coleman, has been keeping a scrapbook of photos documenting the evolution of empty lot to finished house. The scrapbook includes pictures of groups such as Trinity students who have helped.

One student, Diana DeBoer ’09 of Cedar Lake, Indiana, said, “This is a wonderful way to bring the love of Christ to others in our community. We can do huge things when we work together toward a common goal.”

This service project is also a step forward in an initiative to form a Habitat for Humanity chapter at Trinity. Dilaun White ’09 of Yorkville, Illinois, has been instrumental in the preliminary efforts to establish a campus chapter. “The connection between Habitat for Humanity and Trinity shows people we care,” she said. “It is a ministry of serving.”

More discussions on the formation of the chapter are being planned, as are future builds, which will be open to all Trinity students, faculty and staff.

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