Students spend Spring Break building home with Habitat for Humanity

POSTED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 4:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- It's Spring Break time for colleges in Central Texas, and you might picture spring breakers on the beach or relaxing at home. However, one group of students is doing the exact opposite; they're building a house.

Ira Ridge has been dreaming of this day for fifteen years.

"This is something I can call my own, something that I'm working for, something that I call an achievement in my life. That's the most important thing in the world to me," says Ridge.

Ridge works two jobs to support herself and family but says her current house is too dangerous for her granddaughter.

"Every once in a while you hear gunshots in the parking lot and stuff, and I don't want her in that environment. I just want her to be happy," says Ridge.

Helping her reach that goal are students on their Spring Break.

"Spring Break may be an idea of a restful time, but for us, this is restful and enjoyable. So we choose to come out here, serve and work hard," says Baylor Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Abby Garnett.

The volunteers will work all week to finish as much as possible over Spring Break. The students make building a house look easy, but it takes a lot of team work. One hundred volunteers are working to build the home, and it takes about two months to finish.

Students say it's well worth the time.

"Watching Ida's face as she realized where the furniture is going to go and what the walls are going to be painted, it's just exciting to be a part of that," says Garnett.

Ridge says it's not just a house they're building.

"My kids, when they come to visit, I want them to feel like they have a home to come back to. I want them to know that." Ridge says it's a home she can share with her family. "I want them to feel like I did, sense that. That's very important to me."

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