Giving Shelter

Learn about the popular Habitat for Humanity service trips hosted by the Center for Leadership and Service

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Giving Shelter

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to helping people find sustainable, healthy homes. 

Brandon Gervais, Editor

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization whose goal is to provide every person with a decent living space. The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) creates service trips to assist in the efforts of the Habitat for Humanity organization by building homes for people who struggle with homelessness.

"Habitat for Humanity is a service opportunity unlike any other offered by the CLS. It is one of the most popular service trips. Each time we go, the students do something new and impactful. This can vary from floor installations and painting walls to building benches and other [items] like that," said Roberto Adams, service specialist with an impact area of hunger, homelessness and housing within the Center for Leadership and Service. 

Students pre-register to participate and work together on this trip to service the community.

The non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity works all around the United States and the world in over 70 countries. The organization has Habitat home owners work with volunteers to build their future homes and pay off the mortgages for the homes.

Every day new families struggle with homelessness or struggle to sustain a safe living environment. It is this struggle that inspires organizations like Habitat for Humanity to take initiative to make a difference and help those who struggle with homelessness. With help from Habitat, families are able to work toward getting themselves back on track without worrying about where they will sleep that night.

Adams continues, "A service event as big as this one, makes a big impact on the community we're helping because we are providing a new home for people. While we don’t build the entire home in a day, the work Kean students put in every time we go speeds up the process of creating someone's future home."  

Habitat for Humanity is a service opportunity that allows students to work on homes for the needy.

Students should keep an eye out for Habitat for Humanity trips, as they make a big difference to a community and specific families. The upcoming Habitat for Humanity trip will take place Dec. 8. Transportation is provided for this event from Kean. Pre-registration is required and limited spots are available.

"The Habitat for Humanity trip was incredibly moving and humbling because I knew I was helping people who needed the help. During the day, I made new friends that I still see every once in a while. It was an amazing experience to see first-hand as the Kean community come together to support a great cause," said Joseph Laurino Jr., Kean sophomore music education major and former attendee of the Habitat for Humanity service trip.

For questions and more information, contact the Center for Leadership and Service by calling (908) 737-5170, emailing or visiting the office in the Miron Student Center (MSC) Room 219.

To make a donation to the Habitat for Humanity organization, visit their website. Donations can be one time only or repeated monthly for anyone interested in making consistent donations.

about the author

Brandon Gervais, Editor

Brandon Gervais is a junior English education double major. Brandon works as an Editor for The Cougar’s Byte and originally joined the staff as a Staff Writer in November 2017. He is a part of the Leadership Institute as a Gold leader and has worked as a New Student Orientation Leader. In his free time, he is a performer for a world class independent competitive color guard team and coaches the Union High School Color Guard.