"We're coming along nicely," says Michelle Merrigan of Vermillion, S.D., looking up at the tan siding installed on her team's house. Merrigan is one of 22 Notre Dame students who drove from Indiana to Houston to help build a house during this year's Jimmy Carter Work Project.

"The past four years we've been building one house a year," says Amy Crawford of Columbus, Ohio. Outgoing president of the Notre Dame Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Crawford is proud that the chapter raised the funds for each of those houses as well as supplying the volunteer labor. For their current house, the first at a JCWP to be sponsored and built by a single campus chapter, the students secured funding from an anonymous Notre Dame alum.

"They've done a lot of great stuff this year," says Steve Messinetti. One of three staff members in Houston from Habitat for Humanity International's Campus Chapters and Youth Programs department, Messinetti is working on a second student-built house with members of 12 other campus chapters.

"One of the unique things about this project," he says, "is that campus chapter leaders and members have come from around the country, bringing ideas. This is a good time for them to get to know each other, form relationships with each other that will last after this is over." Messinetti hopes the experience will build enthusiasm for the work, which students can take back to the chapters on their campuses.

Crawford sees the excitement building among the Notre Dame students. "It's just been fantastic. This is the best way to get people into Habitat," she says, noting that this build is the first for some of the younger students present. "They're going to be around for a couple of years, I think they'll be great leaders for us."

Other Stories from the 1998 JCWP
JCWP Homeowners:
Betty and Seff Polk

What does a Habitat house mean? "It's God's love, and a new foundation for the family," says Betty Polk.

More stories:
John and Belvin Richard
Nancy Rosas
Olga Martinez
Wade and Shalina Gibson
JCWP Volunteers:
Joanne and Greg Janson

"I learn 100 little things out here every year," says Greg.

More stories:
Eunita Shields
First Ladies for Habitat
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
JCWP Behind the Scenes:
First Aid

What do the volunteers in the first aid tent do? Hopefully, very little.

More stories:
The Green Team
Security Volunteers
Food Service
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