All employees at the Minnesota School of Business in Moorhead spend a majority of their time trying to help students succeed in and out of the classroom for a brighter future. But on Friday, October 28th, the Academic Leadership Team took a break from its work on campus to help build a home for some families in need.
The group spend an entire day at a Habitat for Humanity build site in West Fargo, North Dakota to help two families in need of homes. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry, administered by a local board of directors, whose mission is to build simple, decent and affordable housing for low income people in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo communities.
Most of the staff and faculty that attended the build had never worked on a home before so it was definitely a learning experience.
“I had no idea what I was doing when I started in the morning,” says Campus Librarian Krista Jacobson. “But at the end of the day, I felt like a pro!”
“I definitely made a few mistakes along the way,” says Director of Career Services Kurtis Karn as he laughs. “But, we got it done.”
The crew spent their time hanging drywall in the twin home located in West Fargo, North Dakota and completed almost all of the work.
“I’m really proud of the way our team came together to get all this accomplished,” says Dean of Faculty Melinda Rustad.
The home is expected to be completed in early December after some of the plumbing and electrical work is finished. Many of the staff members expressed interest in returning when the home is dedicated to the families.
“I’d like to go back when the house is done to see what it looks like,” says Service-Learning Coordinator Kristi Leverson. “I’m sure the families are going to love it!”