Malden Catholic Habitat for Humanity

Since its inception six years ago, the Malden Catholic Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has taken a dynamic approach practicing the Xaverian call to justice and peace through hands-on service to the Greater Boston community. MC's student-run chapter, one of only two Catholic schools in New England with international accreditation, manifests the definition of Christian service. Over the 2016-2017 school year, MC’s Chapter has engaged in over a dozen building projects and a “Collegiate Challenge," consisting of a week-long service and immersion trip to an urban community outside MC's very familiar Greater Boston area. This year, the student membership selected New Rochelle, New York as the destination for their trip. During the course of the week, MC's young men collaborated on tasks such as exterior and interior painting, demolition work, siding, construction of a community garden, and refurbishment of a local school. After a week of strenuous labor, students were able to witness first-hand the impact their service had on members of the New Rochelle community.

 

Other highlights from the MC chapter's 2016-2017 year include:

- Over 300 hours of student service to Greater Boston's Habitat ReStore, a warehouse that supplies affordable furniture and household goods to communities in and around the city.

- Local builds at three sites in Roslindale and Roxbury, MA.

- Participation in dedication ceremonies for the homeowners who completed over three-hundred hours of their necessary sweat-equity to procure their homes.
The chapter’s efforts demonstrate the importance of community betterment both locally and internationally. Their work helps broaden opportunities for affordable housing in communities that continue to suffer from the debilitating effects of homelessness and skyrocketing real estate prices. Committed to the school motto Plus Ultra ("More Beyond"), the young men of MC Habitat have, through their shared labor, brought people of many different walks of life together to build homes, communities, and hope.

 

Story Credits: Francis Ronayne (MC '18), Nicholas Guerriero ('18), Navid Chowdhury ('18)

 

 

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