House Raising Marks 15th Anniversary Of Baylor Habitat For Humanity

March 28, 2003

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's Habitat for Humanity, the first-ever college chapter of the international Christian housing ministry, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a house raising beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29.

The Baylor-sponsored house will be built at 914 Gurley Lane, near the homes on 12th Street already built by the chapter. In the morning hours, student-led work crews will raise the walls on the house, then finish the framing in the afternoon. Other workdays have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1-2.

For directions, visit the Baylor chapter's web site at or contact Kevin Sczeck, publicity chair, at (210) 386-8057.

The Baylor Habitat for Humanity chapter was organized in 1987 by Dr. Gary Cook, a Baylor distinguished alumnus who now serves as president of Dallas Baptist University. The Baylor chapter is one of the largest campus groups in Texas, with more than 200 active members. The group supports Habitat's mission by making a positive impact in the communities around Baylor, while growing in their faith.

With more than 100,000 houses built around the world, the non-profit organization 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 simple houses with the help of homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, each homeowner family invests hundreds of hours of their own labor into the building of their house and the houses of others.

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