by Macey Kroeger
Concordia’s Habitat for Humanity chapter headed to Woodland, Colorado, during spring break to help build houses for people who need homes.
Habitat for Humanity is an international organization whose central belief is that every person deserves a home to live in where they will be able to raise a family, make memories, and grow relationships.
A total of 10 Concordia students and two other adults from the Seward County Habitat for Humanity chapter participated in the trip from March 4th through March 10th.
Junior Melinda Buhler and sophomore Makayla Kosberg were two students who participated in the event.
“On Monday and Tuesday we worked on putting up the siding of a house, which was amazing, knowing that you were doing it to help out a family in need,” Buhler said.
Kosberg said that students also worked at the campsite where they were staying to clean, organize and paint some of the rooms so that other people would be able to stay there.
The event was part of a program called the Collegiate Challenge through Habitat for Humanity that encourages college students to give up their spring breaks. Students from other colleges throughout the nation also decided to spend their spring breaks helping to build houses.
The Concordia students participated in fundraisers before leaving for Woodland, including a pancake feed and raking leaves for some members of the community.
Buhler saw many benefits in her experiences on the trip.
“The main advantage was how fulfilling and rewarding it is to be able to build and rebuild houses for people that need our help,” Buhler said.
Kosberg was excited to use spring break to help out Habitat for Humanity.
“It reminds me of the love God has for us every single day and the blessing of our surroundings and the beauty in the people we met along the way” Kosberg said.