Francis of Assisi was committed to being in the marketplace and working shoulder to shoulder with the people of God. This spirit remains at the heart of Campus Ministry activities at Lourdes.
Over spring break, 14 members of the Lourdes College community traveled to Mobile, Alabama to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
Students Brittany Calmes, Ashley Cappelletty, Heather Grant, David Killian, Laureen Knueven, Karah Lambka, Talonda Rankin, Shawn Stevens, Lisa Syroka, and Amanda Walker, alumni Timothy Broud and Jessica Maurer and staff member Alisa Smith together with Caroline Smith continued a tradition that began in 1996 when 10 members of L.I.N.K. (Linking Interest, Need and Knowledge) raised funds and traveled to Homestead, Florida to work with Habitat.
Over the past 14 years, team members have painted, put up siding, worked on a rehab project, replaced roofs, been involved with hurricane clean-up and completed countless other 'home building' tasks.
But this year was a totally new experience. As the team gathered at the work site on Monday morning they were met with nothing more than a concrete slab and a pile of lumber.
By the end of the week, they experienced a sense of accomplishment at having a framed in house that was ready for the next team to add siding and begin working on the inside.
Student and recent alumna Laureen Knueven adds, "Personally for me the trip was full of many blessings! I was given the opportunity to get to know the team members on a deeper level and even though there were some tough times within the group we always came together for a great purpose."