Indiana State University to Sponsor a Habitat for Humanity House

February 9 2006

Indiana State University has made a commitment to sponsor the building of the 51st Habitat House in Terre Haute. Plans are to begin construction in March and complete the home in early summer.

The project is an outgrowth of the Human Rights Day focus on Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness.

Charles Norman, associate professor of sociology, said the idea to support a Habitat House came from members of ISU's Human Rights Day Committee. In discussions on what they could do to make a contribution to the local community, the local Habitat for Humanity agency emerged as the focus.

Norman contacted Nancy Brattain Rogers, director of ISU's Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, and together with the College of Technology, the Office of Student Activities and Organizations, the Support Staff Council, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Facilities Management the project is being made a reality.

"Everyone we tell about this project has wanted to help," Norman said.

Constructing a Habitat House will provide many opportunities for learning.

"Our hope is that students will participate and it will serve as a trigger for conversations about poverty and housing," said Rogers. "Participants will learn about the struggles poor working families face concerning safe, adequate housing."

Norman sees the opportunity not only for learning, but also personal growth.

"The great thing about this project is that it gives students an opportunity to apply so many of their skills in technology, marketing, advocacy and community building and do something good at the same time. Everyone who works on this project will know that that they have made a difference, and that is an empowering experience," Norman said.

The framing of the house will be completed in the horseshoe drive off of 6th Street with some of the work taking place in the Construction Technology Lab. After it is framed, the house will be moved to the worksite at the corner of 13 1/2 and Seabury, where it will eventually become the home of a single mother and her three children.

The project will need the support of students, alumni, faculty and staff in terms of financial contributions and volunteering their time.

"This is a significant project for our campus and our community. It's a wonderful opportunity to help a deserving family and to demonstrate our institutional commitment to community service and outreach," said President Lloyd W. Benjamin III.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

To volunteer, make a donation or learn more about this project, please contact Donna Isbell at the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement at (812) 237-2334 or


Support ISU's Habitat House Project

Student Activities and Organizations and the CPSCE are building a paper Habitat House in the Hulman Memorial Student to raise money for the project. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, departments and organizations can support the effort by "buying" materials for the paper house with costs ranging from $5 for a brick to $1,000 for the front door. The paper house will display the names of all donors on the items they have purchased.

Classes, departments, and student organizations are also invited to participate in the "Sign a Stud" campaign. CPSCE will provide a 2 X 4 stud, collection can, and permanent markers to interested organizations, classes, and departments. Members of the organization, for a $1 donation, can sign the stud that will then be used in the construction of the Habitat House.

For more information on fundraisers, contact Donna Isbell in the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement at or call 237-2334.

Contact: Nancy Rogers, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, (812) 237-7900 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or


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ISU will sponsor the building of a Habitat House in Terre Haute

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