The Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity (GFAHFH) is excited to announce a new partnership between the non-profit organization and Fairfield High School. “We’ll be partnering with the students and instructors in the Building Trades classes at the high school,” said Kathy Brown, GFAHFH Construction Manager.
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian organization helping people with modest incomes get into decent, affordable housing. The Fairfield affiliate has been building homes locally since 1995. Individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat homes, and volunteers provide most of the labor. The high school students will help complete the construction of GFAHFH homes more quickly than ever before, while gaining marketable skills. Students will work on the homes Monday through Friday, during the school day. “It’s a win-win situation,” says Brown.
The Habitat for Humanity model is that each partner family invests hundreds of hours of labor into building their home alongside community volunteers, and then purchases the home with a no-profit, interest-free mortgage. Mortgage payments go into a revolving fund which is then used to build more homes.
Building Trades students will be involved with virtually every aspect of the home construction, including exposure to the “skilled trades” such as plumbing and HVAC. Students will begin to work on a brand new house this coming September and will continue throughout the school year.
Initially, the program will follow the curriculum which has been used for the past seven years at Pella High School. Gradually, FHS industrial technology teacher Trevor Smith, FHS career and technical education teacher Rob Mitchell, and curriculum director Marci Dunlap plan to develop a Fairfield-specific syllabus for the program. GFAHFH is grateful for the assistance of these educators, as well as FHS principal Aaron Becker, for their support in getting this program up and running.