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Lander Habitat for Humanity Starts Work

February 26, 2016

GREENWOOD — The new Lander University chapter of Habitat for Humanity began work on its first house Thursday, moments after a groundbreaking ceremony on campus where the structure is being built.

“Every year, Lander University will build a house right here and take it to our city and help people who are in need. I’m proud of that, and I’m proud of our kids,” said Lander President Rich Cosentino.

Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams also spoke. He said he was “fired up about this project.”

The Lander chapter of Habitat for Humanity will work closely with Habitat for Humanity’s Greenwood chapter. Chad Charles, executive director of the Greenwood chapter, said that he and his staff “are super-excited about this opportunity and about this partnership.”

The Lander chapter of Habitat for Humanity is an initiative of First Lady Jessica Cosentino.

April 22 is the anticipated completion date for the “drying in” of the house currently under construction. Work on the interior will continue, with participation by the family that will take ownership, after the house is moved to Kirksey Forest, off Marshall Road.

It will take 1,000 volunteers if all of the two-hour time slots are filled for the eight-week construction project. Anyone 16 or over can participate, including faculty, staff, students and community members. Those wishing to volunteer should go to landerhabitat.com and click on the “sign up” link.

Since the new chapter received its charter in November, “the love and support and money have just poured in,” said chapter president Jessica Trotter. The organization now has more than 40 dues-paying members, and many others have signed up to work on the house.

Trotter, who lived in a Habitat for Humanity house herself for four years, said, “this is a very, very exciting moment for me, not just for Lander’s chapter, but on a personal level.”

Lander Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking CeremonyDignitaries broke ground Thursday as the Lander University chapter of Habitat for Humanity began work on its first house. From left are Randy Bouknight, Lander vice president for Student Affairs; Erin Garland, Student Affairs assistant and advisor to the new chapter; Chad Charles, executive director of the Greenwood chapter of Habitat for Humanity; Lander President Rich Cosentino; Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams; Jessica Trotter, president of the Lander chapter of Habitat for Humanity; and Lander First Lady Jessica Cosentino.