Habitat House

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Dec. 5, 1997

Construction of Habitat House in Ellsworth Finished

Construction of a Habitat for Humanity house that began on the UW-River Falls campus last April is now complete.

The two-bedroom ranch house is located at 411 E. Main Street in Ellsworth. A dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. with an open house to follow.

Last spring the parking lot of Historic South Hall became a construction site for six days as volunteers constructed exterior walls, covered them with sheathing and erected them. The walls were then transported to Ellsworth where other volunteers and the family invested their time to finish the house.

About 70 students are members of the UW-RF chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which encourages the construction or renovation of housing for needy families. Families can purchase the homes at cost with no-interest loans.

The UW-RF project was coordinated by Roy Heflin of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. Heflin also serves as director of Lutheran Christian Education and Lutheran Campus Ministries, which is a member of the River Falls combined Ecumenical Campus Ministries. Also participating in the project from the ministries was the Newman Center, the United Ministries of Higher Education, and the Lutheran Student Movement.

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