The Catholic University of America

Law Students Provide Service to the Community
Through CUA Law's Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter

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On March 19th the CUA Law Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter participated in its second build for the year. The students (Katherine Almen (1L), Robbie Cain (1L), Kelsie Rutherford (1L), Michael Dinet (3L), Casey Hughes (1L), Shannon McGovern (3L), Caroline Mrohs (2L), Margaret O'Neill (2L), Matthew Baker (2L), and Karl Sussan (2L)) arrived at the work site around 8:00 a.m. and worked until 4:00 p.m. Students assisted in framing the structure, installing door frames, and reinforcing the floors and ceilings. After the build, students participated in a discussion on Social Justice and the impact of Habitat in DC. This project was particularly exciting for CUA Law students because it was done at Habitat for Humanity's Pope Francis House. 

About the project: DC Habitat received a generous, anonymous donation of $60,000 in honor of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C in September of 2015. In order to engage the larger faith-based community, this donor has challenged DC Habitat to raise funds to match their $60,000 donation. DC Habitat decided to take this challenge to the next level by enlisting the support of donors from all faith backgrounds to pay homage to Pope Francis and the donor by raising $500,000, in order to dedicate an entire project as an interfaith house. The Pope Francis house will be a rehabilitation of four one-bedroom condominiums in a building at 60th Street NE, in Washington, DC. This development will serve the needs of residents in our lowest income bracket, reaching as low as 30% area median income (AMI). Due to the rising cost of living in DC, it has been extremely hard to serve the lower end of that spectrum.

When asked about the project, President of the CUA Law Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter Mike Dinet said, "I am so proud of all the work that we did on the Pope Francis House. It was very exciting to be part of this project especially as a CUA Law student who was able to attend the Junipero Serra Canonization Mass during the Pope's visit to DC in the fall. It is truly incredible that Habitat has taken on a project so in line with the ideals of the Catholic University of America and I hope that CUA Law continues to be able to assist with builds in the coming months."

To learn more about The Pope Francis House and Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., click here.