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ACU community constructs walls on Habitat for Humanity House

Abilene Christian University students, staff and faculty, along with this fall's Lectureship attendees, had the opportunity to pick up a hammer and build walls for a Habitat for Humanity house Sept. 18-20.

Volunteers assembled the wooden frames for three days during Lectureship in the parking lot north of Edwards Hall on the ACU campus.

The completed walls will be transported to the home's permanent location on Orange Street, where volunteers from ACU and the Abilene community will finish the project, explained Kevin Coleman, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Abilene. The house is scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving.

"Building the walls on campus brings attention to the ACU and Habitat for Humanity project, better involves students and people attending Lectureship, and recruits help for the completion of the project," said Coleman.

The completed house, a new home for a family of six, will have four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Because both the husband and wife are permanently disabled, Habitat for Humanity has made an effort to ensure the house is compatible with their needs, Coleman said.

ACU has made a commitment to raise $30,000 to help fund this house, with the amount being matched by Habitat for Humanity.

In the past 15 years, ACU has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to work on the construction of about a dozen local homes, Coleman said.