Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
Tina Springer and her two children, Amber, 14, and Hunter, 4, received the home they longed for in Bay Shore last week. Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk (HFHS) teachers and students from Syosset High School and volunteers who worked on the house, joined the Springer family for the dedication ceremony.
The Syosset Teachers Association decided to sponsor and build the Springer house after they recognized the success of their students in the Habitat Suffolk Student Build program. Construction began on Nov. 3, 2008 with 25 teachers and students. During the construction period, Syosset teachers and students were joined by additional volunteers from Long Island businesses, Henry Schein and Estee Lauder. “The Syosset students have participated in many of Habitat’s Student Build houses,” said Les Scheinfeld, associate director of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk.
Springer has worked for the Village of Freeport for the past seven years. She applied for a Habitat home in June 2006 after years of living in sub-standard housing. “I knew that if I had a little help in changing our lives that I would be able to maintain a life that my children long for in our own home. We cannot believe that dream has come true,” she said.
Campus chapters is a program of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) that enables and encourages students to help eliminate poverty housing in partnership with Habitat affiliates in the United States and around the world. Syosset High School is one of 40 high schools and several colleges that raise funds and participate in the annual Student Build each spring. All have school advisors who coordinate work days and join the students and Habitat homeowners in the building process.
Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing in partnership with low-income working families in Suffolk County. Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk has helped to house 134 families. For more information, visit www.habitatsuffolk.org and www.habitat.org.