Red Raiders Raise Walls With ‘Habitat For Humanity’


>>Allison Hirth, Reporting: IT STARTED AS A CONCRETE SLAB, BUT AFTER A WEEK’S WORTH OF WORK, (IT) REALLY STARTED TO TAKE SHAPE. EVERY HAMMER AND EVERY NAIL SIGNALED ONE STEP CLOSER TO STABILITY FOR ADRIAN ROJAS AND HIS FAMILY OF FIVE.>>Adrian Rojas, Future Homeowner: We’re a tight family. We do a lot of things
together. We do life together.>>Allison Hirth: THEY’RE THE LATEST TO BENEFIT FROM LUBBOCK’S HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, WHICH OFFERS SIMPLE, DECENT AND AFFORDABLE HOMES TO THOSE WHO QUALIFY.>>Marie Hanza, Habitat for Humanity: This has been an excellent family to work with. They’re very
dedicated. They’re very focused. They know what they want and they dedicated
themselves to making it happen.>>Allison Hirth: IT’S NOT A HANDOUT, MARIE HANZA SAYS, BUT A HAND UP.>>Marie Hanza: We don’t want to set anybody up for failure. We
want to set them up for success.>>Allison Hirth: AND NONE OF IT, INCLUDING THESE WALLS, WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS. A CALL THAT FOR YEARS NOW HAS BEEN ANSWERED BY TEXAS TECH.>>John McAvoy, University Student Housing: During Raider Welcome Week, we ask students to sign up as they’re moving in.>>Allison Hirth: JOHN MCAVOY WORKS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENT HOUSING. HE SAYS HELPING HABITAT DURING RAIDER WELCOME HAS BECOME TRADITION. ONE STUDENTS VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO.>>John McAvoy: You know, many of them, I just, I heard them on the bus over here. They’re from
eight hours away so they want to get involved. They want to get involved in
the community.>>Paige Miller, Student: It’s super important to help out others, and like, I could be
doing something for myself but I’d rather, you know, spend my time and help
someone who really needs it.>>Ian Kadleck, Student: I did this last year and I really enjoyed working
with this group.>>Paige Miller: One, it’s fun. Two, you’re helping others who really need it.>>John McAvoy: They’re not here just to get an education. They’re here to give back to
Lubbock and this is a great way to do it.>>Allison Hirth: ROJAS SAYS HE’S THANKFUL SO MANY RED RAIDERS SHOWED UP.>>Adrian Rojas: It’s awesome to see such young kids come out here and put in
some hard work because it’s not easy work. It’s hard work, and, you know, to give up their time just to help somebody they don’t even know– that’s awesome.>>Allison Hirth: AND WHILE THE ROJAS RESIDENCE WON’T BE READY UNTIL EARLY NEXT YEAR, THIS WORK MARKS A NEW BEGINNING FOR ONE FAMILY, MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY TEXAS TECH.>>Adrian Rojas: It means it’s yours, you know. We can do the house the way we want to do it. Customize it to our lifestyle, to what we like, to our family, to our needs.>>Marie Hanza: For them, this is the beginning of the end. And when I say the end, that’s the end of the
process where when they come out the other side, we’re going to close on a
house and turn over the keys and they’re going to become homeowners.>>Allison Hirth: FOR TEXAS TECH TODAY, I’M ALLISON HIRTH.

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