Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new house, celebrates partnership with Concord High School

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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. - Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for the new home of Jamie Sorensen and her family. Sorensen's house will be built with the help of Concord High School's Building Construction Trade Program.

Sorensen, who works as a medical assistant, put in 200 hours for her home with the help of Lippert Care, who is sponsoring the home.

"Jamie, like all of our applicants, has gone through a process to be applied for the program, to be accepted into the program," said Greg Conrad, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity for Elkhart County. "Once they're accepted, they have to put in over 200 hours of, what we call, sweat equity hours, which is classes on financial management, budgeting, being a home owner, construction skills, all of those things as well as then doing volunteer work in our restore, in the community, and at least 50 hours on her other habitat family homes."

Sorensen's home and all other Habitat homes will be built by the 60 students in Concord's trade program as part of Habitat's partnership with the high school.

Concord's principal believes the partnership is a great opportunity for students to give back to the community.

"Habitat for Humanity reached out to us last year and our Building Construction Trade Program thought that this was a wonderful opportunity for our students not only to get some first-hand knowledge in the building and constructing trades but also to really help the community at large," said Concord High School Principal Dr. Seth Molnar. "We talk often about making great community members with our students and this is a real-life example of where our students can really have an impact on a wonderful family in our community."

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