As the parent of a college student, this is my least favorite time of year. Though I am so proud to have my son enter his senior year, the emptiness of our home, even in his fourth year, still has the ability to make me sad. Fortunately, my son’s departure coincides with the arrival, here at Habitat CFC, of the Sacred Heart University Community Connections.
Community Connections is a program designed to introduce SHU freshmen to the community, to key organizations and to each other. The early arrivals at school spend a week learning about the area and volunteering with different organizations. I am proud to say that Habitat CFC is one of the most popular destinations. This isn’t my opinion – it’s what I was told by the participants. We are thrilled to have them, as well. The students bring a level of energy and enthusiasm to everything they do, and their time visiting and volunteering with Habitat CFC is no exception.
The difference that a stable, secure, affordable home makes for all members of a hard working family is well documented. What is less known to those who have yet to join us, is how good it feels to work alongside a deserving family and helping to make their dreams come true. After a day of volunteering on a new home, the students share a meal with Habitat families and then spend the evening salsa dancing together in our parking lot – a great way to solidify new friendships. I guess this isn’t such a bad time of year!
I hope you’ve had a restful summer and that the fall is a welcome time of new beginnings.