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NDP Builds Hope Through Habitat for Humanity
Posted 01/19/2018 01:20PM

Notre Dame Prep is part of a Catholic coalition within Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Tempe for the Shire family. The Shires are a refugee family from Somalia. NDP students Brittany Nelson and Brook Taffuri sit on the board to help direct the coalition. This is the first-ever Habitat for Humanity Catholic Coalition in Arizona.

There is a need for builders (no experience necessary, professionals will train you) and support staff. The support staff brings lunch and refreshments to the worksite. There are 20 spaces available on x2VOL.

Father Kurt, Leslie Gjerstad and Bruce Gjerstad were at the groundbreaking of the Shires house which took place on Jan. 6. While there, they had the opportunity to sign some boards that will forever stand as part of the home. We invite all NDP students and parents to take part in this extremely rewarding project. Here are the build dates for which we need NDP students and parents to participate:

  • May 19 - Food
  • June 2
  • House dedication will June 9

Builders must be 16 years or older. Mrs. Gjerstad recommends that juniors and seniors sign up to build, while freshman and sophomores sign up for lunch support.

The criteria to obtain a home through Habitat for Humanity is very strict. Recipients must put in 400 hours working side by side volunteers and help build their own house, they must be US citizens or legal residents, they must currently live in overcrowded or substandard housing and attend homeowner education and financial fitness classes. Lastly, their annual income must be between 30 and 60% of the area median income for Maricopa County.

"This is a hand up, not a hand out," said Leslie Gjerstad. "The Shire family is so sweet and they are putting in their own sweat-equity into this house. We are blessed to help them."

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