More from A House United…

We are just so incredibly grateful for all of the support we got this week; we have to keep sharing. The group from Auburn Montgomery (AUM) were in such high spirits the entire time we were in Tuscaloosa. Their enthusiasm was contagious. Here is a story done on the group from the AUM newsletter:



“AUM students head to Tuscaloosa to help build ‘House United’

University students help build a House United
Students from Auburn Montgomery, Auburn University and the University of Alabama worked together to help build a home for tornado victims.

Twelve Auburn Montgomery students and two staffers packed up and hit the road for Tuscaloosa recently to join forces with students from the University of Alabama, Auburn University and Kent State University to build a home for Tuscaloosa residents hit hard by tornados in the spring.

A House United, a project of Habit for Humanity, brought the universities together in response to the devastating storms that destroyed so many homes and crushed so many lives in April. The week-long recovery effort was divided into two shifts, with the AUM team working during the second shift.

Volunteers move trusses at the House United.

Everyone pitched in to get the heavy trusses spun around and ready to go up.

The students making the trip included Roselyne Basco, Chelsey Cook, Melissa Forsythe, Briana Gibbons, Remy Gray, Chantel Hartman, Ying Huo, Karlton Jenkins, Jasmine King, Stetson McCain, Derrick Mcmeans and Briana Morgan.

Joining them from the AUM staff were Tink Lucy-Bouler, executive director of AUM’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and Joel Hughes, program manager in Student Life.

“It was a great trip,” said Hughes. “I’ve never been around a better group of students. The entire trip was life changing.”

Volunteers move the heavy trusses onto the ceiling beams.

Volunteers move the heavy trusses
onto the ceiling beams.

Hughes said the AUM students received many compliments from organizers of the event, and the University of Alabama is interested in continuing a community service partnership with Auburn Montgomery.

Hughes said the groups participated in reflection exercises at the end of each day, and the students stood proud and shared their feelings and condolences toward the families, Tuscaloosa community and UA family.

Director of Student Life Lakecia Harris was unable to make the trip, but knew how important it was for the AUM students.

“This trip was a pivotal moment for our students in their personal development, along with teaching them the true meaning of service,” Harris said.



It goes to show how with everyone we can achieve so much more! We could not be more excited hearing the stories and how people were touched once leaving the site, and week in Tuscaloosa, AL. We hope many more partnerships will be coming from this, and we will be continuing to update you more!

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