Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Students Building Houses, Building Hope

March 6, 2006
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu
(806) 743-2143

LUBBOCK – The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Student Senate will team up with Lubbock Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for the Lubbock community from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (March 11) at 2203 Duke St.

Jennifer Gaines, student senator from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, said the Health Sciences Center students look forward to working with Lubbock Habitat for Humanity.

“We hope to see more than 100 of our fellow students join together to show our community that the Health Sciences Center Senate welcomes the opportunity to improve not only our university, but the City of Lubbock and the life for its citizens as well,” Gaines said.

The Student Senate is made up of 53 members from the Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.

Brian Thurston, student senator from the School of Medicine, said the mission of Habitat for Humanity is a powerful one.

“Habitat for Humanity is about changing lives,” Thurston said. “The Health Sciences Center students, faculty and staff traditionally give back to this community in many ways. Working in partnership with these families to build decent homes they can afford to buy, give us all hope.”

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian Organization dedicated to the idea that all people deserve a safe and decent house in which to live. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 175,000 houses, providing shelter for nearly 900,000 people worldwide.

Habitat is people caring for people in a practical way. Volunteers do almost all of the work done on Habitat homes. Funds for materials come from individuals, churches and organizations. No government funds are used for house construction. Habitat is not a give-away program. Families selected as Habitat homebuyers purchase the houses with a 20 year no-profit, no-interest mortgage, to make the payments affordable.

For more information about working with the Health Sciences Center Student Senate, contact Thurston at (903) 340-5059 or brian.thurston@ttuhsc.edu.