All the sweat TCU volunteers poured into building a house will pay off Saturday as a family of eight political refugees from Africa receive the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity home.FrogHouse, the official class of 2007 project, has been under construction for the last six weeks and will be dedicated Saturday.
Sumer Jordan, FrogHouse adviser, said Habitat for Humanity wants to commemorate the occasion in the family’s life with dedication festivities.
“It’s a ceremony Habitat does to present the home to the family,” Jordan said. “They give them the keys and a Bible.”
Diane Wolfe, media relations representative for Habitat for Humanity, said the experience gives the family hope for the future.
“The benefits go far beyond the easing of the financial burden,” Wolfe said. “All they have been given is an opportunity, and having accomplished this, all of their other goals and dreams seem within reach.”
Matt Owens, student fundraising director for FrogHouse, said volunteering allowed him to be a part of the gift of a new home.
“I gained a really valuable leadership experience that wasn’t in the same realm of a lot of the things done in my time at TCU,” Owens said. “At the end the product is something concrete – you can see it.”
Owens said building the house showed the compassion the volunteers had for the family.
“It means there are people out there that care,” Owens said. “There are a group of students who care enough to devote their money and their time to someone they don’t even know.”
Jordan said all volunteers are welcome to attend the dedication to begin at 11 a.m. The dedication will last about 45 minutes and include a walk-through of the house, though the house is not finished due to weather delays. The family will receive the keys to the house, which cost $51,500, and Chancellor Victor Boschini will speak.