Habitat for Humanity build honors pope

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Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County say they are honoring Pope Francis by doing his work for others.

Dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers, including students from Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport, have built almost 200 homes for those in need over the past 30 years.

Habitat for Humanity receives 500 applicants a year who are in need of a home. The group narrows their selection to 25 families, including some who are making less than $10 an hour.

"These are hardworking, low-income families and it all speaks to the crisis in affordable housing," says Jocelyn Keith, of Habitat for Humanity.

The group broke ground on a home on George Street in May and hopes to have it completed by the end of the year.

Part of the funding for the house came from an anonymous donor who wanted to honor the pope for his commitment to social justice, as well as providing an environment where people can work together. The future homeowners are also helping to build the home.

"They take a lot of pride in their home and pride in the neighborhood and the neighborhood picks up around it," says Keith.

The family that this home will belong to did not wish to be identified, but Habitat for Humanity representatives say the family is very grateful for this opportunity. They are members of the St. Augustine Cathedral parish and feel the pope has answered their prayers.


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