You are here

Teens Build with 1997 Pritzker-Cousins Summer Program in Appalachia

Teens Build To Help Fight Poverty Housing in Appalachia

Americus, Ga. - July, 2 1997 - Habitat for Humanity International’s Campus Chapters and Youth Programs department and Appalachia Habitat for Humanity will host the 1997 Pritzker-Cousins Summer Program July 26 to Aug. 9 in Wartburg, Tenn.

The service program will bring together a diverse group of 25 teens from all over the country to build an entire house from foundation to finish in just two weeks.

Sponsored by the Pritzker family of Chicago, the program enables young people from varied backgrounds to gain an understanding of the importance of community service; to develop an appreciation of diversity; and to become better educated through deepening cross-cultural awareness.

Through hands-on construction, the young people have a common ground for establishing individual relationships and team building as they work side-by-side with the future homeowner family to build a decent, affordable house.

“The Pritzker-Cousins Summer Program is unique in that it helps eliminate poverty housing in two ways. The actual building of a house takes place and provides a family with a simple, decent place to live; and the house build provides a transforming experience for the youth, and in turn helps break the poverty cycle,” said Sonja Lewis, director of Campus Chapters and Youth Programs department of HFHI.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat works in partnership with people in need throughout the world building simple, decent shelter that is sold to them at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat is approaching the completion of its 60,000th house worldwide.