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Blinn faculty, staff celebrate completion of Habitat for Humanity home

Blinn divisions and departments raised more than $5,600 in support of Rojo family home

January 13, 2017

Habitat for HumanityBlinn College faculty are long accustomed to laying a foundation for students to succeed.

For the third year in a row, they partnered with Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity to lay a different type of foundation – the kind that supports a local family in need. As part of Habitat for Humanity’s Circle of Women Program, 12 Blinn College faculty worked for over two months to construct and paint a new home and provide outdoor landscaping for the Rojo family, a single-mother family with children aged 13, 8, and 6. The dedication ceremony took place Dec. 17, and the key was handed over to the Rojo family.

In the Fall, Blinn College faculty and staff raised more than $5,600 toward the construction of the Rojo family’s new home. Blinn’s Humanities; Visual/Performing Arts & Kinesiology; Agricultural & Natural Sciences; and Mathematics, Business, Engineering & Technology divisions each raised more than $1,000 toward the project, and other Blinn divisions and departments donated an additional $1,300. This marks the third year Blinn faculty and staff have partnered with Circle of Women Habitat for Humanity.

“I absolutely love working with Habitat for Humanity,” said Biology Professor and Habitat Project Coordinator, Amanda Chau. “Not only do you learn new skills and get to watch the progression of the build, but it’s a great bonding event and it’s all for a great cause.”

Faculty who volunteered for this project included Linda Bow, Amanda Chau, Susan Hallman, Cheri Hobbs, Linda Jones, Lorraine Lindsay, Janet McNutt, Arlene Pacheco, Kristin Stoley, Steve Simcik, Andrew Stacy, and Rowena Tucker.

Blinn student organizations also have volunteered at Habitat for Humanity builds, and Chau said Blinn faculty look forward to expanding the involvement of student organizations for a Spring build.

Habitat for HumanityCircle of Women works with Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity to help eliminate substandard housing in Bryan and College Station. Each year, these women empower themselves and recruit other women to raise the necessary funds to sponsor a home for a woman looking to purchase a home through Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, they provide a Women’s Construction Workshop prior to the wall raising of their sponsored home to educate local women on construction basics and home repair. The Rojo family’s home is the Circle’s 10th home sponsorship with Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity.

For more information on the Blinn Circle of Women’s efforts to help families like the Rojos find strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership, please contact Amanda Chau in the Biology Department at amanda.chau@blinn.edu. For more information about the Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity, please contact development@habitatbcs.org or 979-823-7200 x104.