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Building Community Through Education Initiative to Break Ground for Habitat Home

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WARRENSBURG, MO (April 13, 2012 - Members of the Building Community Through Education initiative will break ground on Warrensburg’s newest Habitat for Humanity home at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at 628 W. Gay Street.

The initiative is a collaborative effort between the University of Central Missouri, the Warrensburg R-VI School District and Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County. The partnership was announced Nov. 17 during a meeting of the UCM Board of Governors.

“We are very fortunate to have the partnership with UCM and the Warrensburg School District for this build,” said Ben Huseman, construction chair for Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County. “With the enthusiastic volunteers we have from these two groups, as well as the volunteers from Whiteman Air Force Base, I am looking forward to a successful build that showcases the sense of community that Johnson County exudes.”

The project is a unique opportunity which allows members of the community and the university to come together to work toward a local philanthropy. Students from UCM and community members in manufacturing and construction, public relations, business and a wide variety of other areas, along with local high school students, will be able to work together to complete the home.

"The Warrensburg R-VI School District is honored to partner with UCM and our local Habitat for Humanity board," said Deborah Orr, superintendent of the Warrensburg R-VI School District. "Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding organization, providing quality homes for families in need and we are proud to take part in this endeavor. We are also looking forward to the many learning opportunities this project will provide for our students and staff. Service to our community is one of the lessons that is important for all of us to learn. This project will give us many opportunities to do so."

Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County has not yet named the new homeowners.

“We received several applications from families in need of quality and affordable housing,” Huseman said. “I look forward to turning over the keys to our next partner family and congratulating them on being homeowners when this project is finished.”