Building an American Dream

Hundreds of students are giving up their spring break to help make that dream come true.

Bridget King is a single mother living on a fixed income who wanted more than anything to full-fill a lifelong dream, owning her own home.

"It feels really good to have my own home so my four-year-old can grow and have his own bath, his own bedroom and play in his own yard,” explains King.

More than 150 college students from across the country, along with gospel recording artists are hammering King's dream into a reality.

"If I were in their situation I would want someone to help me so I feel blessed to help these people out. I think it's fun and I just get so much out of it,” comments Truman State University student Jessica Nelson.

“It's something we want to do and help someone else's life, someone who not never repay us for what we've done and at the same time God see what we're doing and we're building eternal treasures and that what it's all about,” adds gospel recording artist Sam Konley.

For now these students and artists have opted to build treasures in Tallahassee in this year's Collegiate Challenge.

"The same thing that you think about if I want a home I want the same for another person, so to be a part of this and be involved with habitat putting these projects it's awesome,” reggae and gospel artist Papa San adds.

More than 10,000 students are volunteering at construction sites across the country during Habitat International's Collegiate Challenge. Extended Web Coverage

Habitat for Humanity

  • Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization.

  • Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 60 countries, including some 30,000 houses across the United States.

  • Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families.

  • Habitat houses are purchased by the homeowner families.

  • Three factors make Habitat houses affordable to low-income people worldwide:
    • Houses are sold at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.
    • Homeowners and volunteers build the houses under trained supervision.
    • Individuals, corporations, faith groups, and others provide financial support.

  • Homeowner families are chosen:
    • according to their need
    • their ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest mortgage
    • their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat.

  • Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate according to race, religion or ethnic group.

  • Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, "sweat equity", into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

  • A Habitat house could cost varies throughout the world, from as little as $800 in some developing countries to an average of $46,600 in the United States.

Source: (The Habitat for Humanity International Web site)