A group of Stritch students spent their spring break
rebuilding a house in Cumberland County, New Jersey, as part of the
University’s annual collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.
25 students participated in the “alternative spring break,” along
with Jenni Herrick, director of the center for student leadership and
involvement, Jon Metz, director of campus ministry, and Dr. Barbara Spies,
keystone chair and associate professor of communication arts.
The group received both local and national recognition for
Mayor Ruben Bermudez declared March 5, 2013 to be Cardinal
Stritch University Day in the city of Vineland, New Jersey. The students were
also presented with a certificate of congressional recognition from U.S. Rep.
During their week in Cumberland County, the students worked
with an onsite manager to paint and insulate the house, lay tiles and flooring,
and install bathroom fixtures.
Herrick said that the entire experience was unforgettable. The
hosts in Cumberland County took good care of everyone; setting up activities
including a private concert and full access to a local restaurant where they
made their own pizzas. The highlight, however, was meeting the family whose
house the group rebuilt.
“It was incredibly rewarding, for all of us, to meet the
people who live in this house,” said Herrick. “I don’t think we’ll ever forget
The group recently held a “shareholders dinner” to thank
family, friends, and community members who supported the trip. The program
included this video, created by student Cassie Goulais, which showcases the group's work, as well some of the trip's lighter moments.
Herrick and Metz plan to continue Stritch’s work with
Habitat for Humanity, possibly even returning to the same county next year.