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Olivet College students remodel homes for low-income, single-parent families
Oct 28, 2010

Twenty Olivet College students and two staff members recently spent a weekend re-constructing homes for low-income, single-parent families in Pittsburgh, Pa. The group partnered with Hosanna Industries, an organization that provides new construction and home rehabilitation programs, as part of the colleges monthly service trip program Oct. 15-17.

In a six-hour period, the students were able to complete more than $40,000 worth of home improvements, including: a new roof, two retaining walls, and installation of new carpet and wood flooring.

Rev. Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, coordinated the trip. Assisting Fales was Blake Walters, a 2010 Olivet graduate who now serves as the colleges community service coordinator.

Students who participated in the trip include: Thomas Adams, a freshman from Homer; Jennifer Baum, a junior from Albion; Dan Dobring, a sophomore from Walled Lake; James Dye, a sophomore from Newaygo; David Eggleston, a freshman from Charlotte; Kirstin Golding, a freshman from Charlotte; James Kelly, a sophomore from Sterling Heights; Ashley Kirchmeier, a junior from Olivet; Caitlin Lohr, a junior from Holland; Eliseo Martin, a freshman from Lansing; Nicholas Mead, a junior from Charlotte; Kelly Morgan, a junior from Albion; Paige Sedgewick, a junior from Lennon; Joel Schwiebert, a freshman from Canton; Lindsay Selis, a sophomore from Potterville; Kelsey Singer, a junior from Brooklyn; Meghan Taylor, a freshman from Kalamazoo; Cortney Wernette, a junior from Remus; Nicole Wernette, a junior from Remus; and Autumn Williams, a sophomore from Tekonsha.

For more information, contact Fales at (269) 749-7624.


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