First of Five Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge Groups Arrive in NW Houston

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( — February20, 2013) Houston TX — Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County (HHNWHC) welcomed eighteen students from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario CAN) to Northwest Houston this past weekend. 

The students, members of the University’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter, are in Houston to participate in the Habitat for Humanity International Collegiate Challenge, a year-round alternative break program for students  to visit one of Habitat’s 200 local affiliates throughout the United States.

The student groups usually spend a 5-6 days with their chosen affiliate, helping build houses on the job site, in deconstruction activities and at the ReStore resale outlets. Their schedule includes a free day during which they enjoy fun activities and visit local sites. The University of Guelph group is being lodged at a local area church that is a partner congregation with HHNWHC.

The Guelph University students worked at HHNWHC’s deconstruction site Monday, helping dissemble an existing house.    Useable building materials and fixtures from the house will be available for sale at HHNWHC’s Re-Store located at 13350 Jones Road (at Grant Rd) in NW Houston.   On Tuesday they spent a full work day at the construction site, helping build a home.  Another full day at the construction site, and a half day at ReStore are on their schedule.

In previous years student groups hosted by HHNWHC have enjoyed activities such as The Houston Livestock & Rodeo and day trips to Galveston Island, TX.  The University of Guelph group is looking forward to spending their free day taking a road trip to Galveston Island. This is the 7th consecutive year HHNWHC has hosted Collegiate Challenge groups, with four more groups scheduled this spring—from St. Anselm College in new Hampshire, TX Christian University, TX State University and Portland State University in Oregon.    

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County, ,  is an ecumenical, nonprofit, interfaith ministry bringing the community together to build decent, affordable homes for all God’s people in need.

Rachael Wright

Senior Development Director

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County


13550 Jones Road


Houston, TX 77070


(281) 477-0460