Concordia College students spend their spring break building Habitat homes in Denver

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver hosted 15 student volunteers from Concordia College in Minnesota this week, as they spent their spring break building homes, communities, and hope in Metro Denver as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program.

All week long, this dedicated group of students has been volunteering their time and construction savvy at Habitat’s largest development in their 35-year history, a 51-unit townhome community in Northeast Denver, as well as volunteering at Habitat’s Denver and Wheat Ridge ReStore Home Improvement Outlets.

Courtney Quist, a student leader from the Concordia group, expressed her enthusiasm about choosing an alternative, service-based option for her spring break, saying, “I’m most excited to learn about a new area and the people that live there.  Being able to be a part of helping a family move into a home is the best way I can imagine spending my spring break, when I have been so lucky to have all the opportunities in my life.  I also just love using power tools, so that’s also a fun little side effect.”

While the Concordia College students have been working diligently at the build site and ReStores throughout the week, they’ve made sure to carve out some time to enjoy the city and explore Denver neighborhoods, the outdoors, and get to know members of the community.

For the past 25 years, more than 229,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering across the country through Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program, donating more than $23 million to Habitat affiliates.

In the month of March, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver will host 3 more student groups from Suffolk University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Missouri.