Habitat for Humanity House to be Built on Southeast Campus



Feb. 26, 2009 – Beginning March 7, the Office of Residence Life and Habitat for Humanity, with the help of Southeast Missouri State University students, faculty and staff, will partner for a powerful community service opportunity – Build Southeast.

This project brings together members of the Southeast community to build a home with Habitat for Humanity on the campus. For more than two years, Southeast students, faculty and staff have given their time and talents on Habitat home sites in many communities including Evansville, Ind., Greensboro, Ala., and right here in Cape Girardeau. This year marks the first time that the Habitat building experience will be brought to the campus of Southeast.

Southeast students, faculty and staff are asked to join Residence Life March 7-21 on the Wehking Alumni Center parking lot at 920 Broadway where a home will be built for John and Ashley Sterling and their four children, a family here in Cape Girardeau. The home will be built in the parking lot and then moved to its permanent location on North Main Street. Habitat for Humanity officials say no tools, qualifications or prior experience is necessary.

“The house is not being built on location for a couple of reasons,” says Kerry Wallaert, area coordinator for the Office of Residence Life.  “The main reason is that it gives students the opportunity to get involved without having to leave campus. Because many students do not have vehicles, they won’t have to worry about finding transportation or not being able to get involved due to a lack of transportation. We wanted to give students a chance to connect with Habitat and the campus community without having to travel off campus.”

Robin Cole, president of the Habitat Board of Directors, says when the house is completed, it will be loaded onto a trailer March 21 and moved from 920 Broadway to its new address at 1640 N. Main Street.    “As a department, the Office of Residence life has been tied into the various builds occurring off campus, including coordinating the Cape Girardeau build that happened during Opening Weekend with 35 first-year students,” Wallaert said.  “After observing the level of involvement from our residence hall students in various service projects, I strongly believe that was one of the driving forces behind this build. There’s nothing like helping students become connected to the campus, and the Cape Girardeau community. We are also continuing to build our relationship with Habitat for Humanity, a partnership that has proven to be a benefit to our students.

“The meaning behind the build ties directly to the Mission Statement of our office: ‘We endeavor to provide a residential experience which supports student success.’ Through this build, we are helping students connect to faculty, staff, students, and the Cape Girardeau community,” Wallaert said.

“I strongly believe that this on-campus build will impact our campus community in a positive way,” Wallaert said. “To know that students will have the opportunity to go to 1640 N. Main and see the home that they helped build is a tremendous opportunity.  The sheer impact of knowing that they were part of a large scale project and gave hope to a family is my personal goal for this build.”

Cole says students will be working long hours, seven days a week, right through Spring Break to complete the house and move it on Saturday, March 21.  The interior will be finished after the house is installed on its new basement foundation. 

The building schedule for the house with the number of volunteers needed during each time slot is below:

Build Schedule

Date                                                                Task                                                    VolunteersSaturday,

March 7: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.                 Floor System                                                 20Sunday, March 8: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.                 Floor System                                                 20Monday, March 9:  10 a.m.–10 p.m.             Framing                                                        30Tuesday, March 10:  10 a.m.-10 p.m.            Framing                                                        30Wednesday, March 11: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.       Ceiling Joists/Rafters/OSB                             30Thursday, March 12:  10 a.m.–10 p.m.          Ceiling Joists/Rafters/OSB                             30Friday, March 13:  10 a.m.–10 p.m.               Roof Decking                                                30Saturday, March 14:  9 a.m.-7 p.m.                                                                                                   Sunday, March 15:  10 a.m.–6 p.m.                Roof Decking                                               30Monday, March 16:  10 a.m.-6 p.m.               Shingles/Doors & Windows                          40Tuesday, March 17:  9 a.m.–7 p.m.                 Shingles/Siding                                             40Wednesday, March 18:  9 a.m.–7 p.m.            Shingles/Siding                                             40Thursday, March 19:  9 a.m.–7 p.m.                Finish Shingles/Siding & interior bracing        20Friday, March 20:  9 a.m.–7 p.m.                     Ready house for move                                 20Saturday, March 21:  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.              MOVE to 1640 N. Main St.          

For more information on the project, contact Bruce Skinner at (573) 651-2274 or bskinner@semo.edu or Kerry Wallaert at (573) 332-5784 or kawallaert@semo.edu.