CSU students help Habitat for Humanity of Phenix City

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By Blenda Copeland

Rather than spend their Spring Break partying, nine Columbus State University (CSU) students helped work on a newly constructed office/model home for Habitat for Humanity of Phenix City last week during their “Alternative Spring Break.”

The students worked on site at 14th Court in Phenix City.

“The new location will provide a more efficient office environment with more parking to serve the families in our community,” said Connie Ramsay-Austin, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Phenix City.

“We have been fund-raising and building slowly over this past year.  In 2017 we served five families and look forward to serving at least three to four more families in 2018 through bank-donated rehab homes, or newly constructed homes.”

Two students who helped last week were Tamia Spatcher and Harshanthi “Harsha” Ghanta.

“They just had a pipe inspection,” Spatcher said. “We just filled up the trench. This is our Day 2. It means a lot to us that this will be their new office building. It’s a gift that keeps giving back.”

“This is my first time,” Ghanta said. She cleaned and organized inside the home where drilling shavings were left behind during prep work.

On March 24, soldiers from Ft. Benning IBOLC 2nd PLT 2-11 were slated to help at the site. For more information on how to sponsor, support, volunteer and get involved, call (334) 291-5220 or email: connie@habitatphenixcity.org.