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Lindsey Wilson Students team up with Habitat for Humanity over Spring Break

Two from Summer Shade among groups working in Panama City
By Emily Fryman
frymane@lindsey.eduLindsey Wilson College Staff Writer
COLUMBIA, KY - Lindsey Wilson College human services and counseling sophomore Lindsey Stephens pent her spring break with roommates in Florida, but she did more than visit the beach with friends.

Stephens, a resident of Summer Shade, Ky., spent her vacation with one of two Lindsey Wilson groups that worked with Habitat for Humanity: a group of six students and two staff members went to Panama City Beach, Fla.; and a group of 15 students and one staff member went to San Diego.

Stephens joined Coordinator of Technical Support Services Rebecca Schmidt, Cycling coach Jenifer Huff and five students in Panama City Beach where the group built door frames, painted the inside of a house, and leveled ground for two houses.

Stephens said working on her first Habitat for Humanity project was an eye-opening experience.

You'll feel you've accomplished something

Building houses for those who really needed them was a good experience, Stephens said. To anyone whos never done it, its fun and youll feel youve accomplished something by helping others.

Schmidt has now chaperoned spring break service trips to Florida for several years.

Students left Florida feeling stronger

The students that participated in this trip left Florida knowing that they helped families become stronger by giving them a home where they felt comfortable and safe, Schmidt said. The students that gave up their week off school to be a part of a program like Habitat for Humanity should be recognized for their hard work and dedication to making this country a better place to live.

15 student members of Humanity Hands serve in San Diego, CA

Resident Director and adviser Andy McAllister chaperoned 15 student members of Humanity Hands on a service trip to San Diego.

Humanity Hands members stocked shelves, cleaned and took inventory for Habitat ReStore, a chain that stores and provides new and used building material for use on Habitat for Humanity housing projects. The group also worked on roofs, painted and put in tile in two houses on site.

Humanity Hands strives to help those that are in need of good housing, and were happy to help those who are deserving of a good place to live, McAllister said.

Ramie Hutchison, a communication sophomore from Frankfort, Ky., said the trip to San Diego was his first big-scale service project.

Helped rebuild house for woman whose house burned down

We met a woman whose house had burned down. We were rebuilding her house, Hutchison said. It made me work harder seeing the person that was going to live there. We had a lot of fun helping people.

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LWC students spend spring break working on Habitat for Humanity

2006-03-30 - Panama City, FL - Photo LWC photographer. Lindsey Wilson College students and staff members traveled to Panama City Beach, Fl., and San Diego over spring break to work with Habitat for Humanity. Lindsey Wilson offers service project trips every year. TOP: John Spivey, Miami, FL; BOTTOM, from left: Meagan Lorenzen, Greenville, KY; Sarah Wilson, Albany, KY; Anna Rethlake, Greentown, IN: Lindsey Stephens, Summer Shade, Metcalfe CO, KY; and Cassie Smith, also of Summer Shade.
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