Habitat for Humanity

Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity's 71st Build Habitat for Humanity


Learn More About the Manalysay Family

Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 71st build is in partnership with the Manalaysay family, who moved to Terre Haute from California in 2010. Indiana State has raised more than $34,000 toward its fundraising goal of $60,000.

 

“It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small — it will be a brand new home for my girls,” said Dahlia Manalaysay.

 

The home will be built at 1511 S. 13 1/2 St., which means Dahlia will be close to her job at Regional Hospital and her daughters, AJ and Ainsley, won’t have to change schools. Dahlia is looking forward to having a larger kitchen and a backyard for her girls and dogs to enjoy. “I love to cook,” she said.

 

AJ and Ainsley are both on the varsity tennis team at their schools and will participate in the construction process. Dahlia is accruing time toward Habitat’s required 250 hours of “sweat equity” at the Wabash Valley Habitat ReStore.

 

The Manalaysay family’s new Habitat home will be the perfect spot for them to celebrate AJ’s graduation from Terre Haute South High School next spring. Indiana State is top of her list of prospective colleges to pursue a pre-medicine degree.

 

Indiana State has a long history of community service, dating back to the first Donaghy Day in 1976. Service-learning opportunities are built into hundreds of courses at State, and each year, students and employees clock more than a million hours of volunteering.

 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help a deserving family and to demonstrate our institutional commitment to community service and outreach,” said Nancy Rogers, vice president for university engagement at State. “Our hope is that many students will participate, and it will serve as a trigger for conversations about poverty and housing.”

 

Indiana State has hosted a series of fundraisers — including basketball benefit games, bowling, trivia and a craft beer festival — since launching this latest Habitat initiative in September. More events are being planned for this fall.

 

Manalysay Family Manalysay Family

Backstory

The home, which is the 72nd in the Wabash Valley, will be built in the Ryves neighborhood in fall 2019 with assistance from our students, faculty, and staff of Indiana State. The initiative was announced Sept. 26 at Indiana State University President Deborah Curtis’ fall address.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity, and we will be fundraising and engaging with relationships in the community for in-kind help to move this project forward,” Curtis said. “Please join us and lift up our voices to bring this to fruition. It’s just one more example of the amazing community service efforts on this campus.”

Indiana State has a long history of community service, dating back to the first Donaghy Day in 1976. Service learning opportunities are built into hundreds of courses at State, and each year, students and employees clock more than a million hours of volunteering.


Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries.

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity. Each local Habitat’s homeowner selection committee operates based on three criteria: The applicant’s level of need, their willingness to partner with Habitat and their ability to repay an affordable mortgage. As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.


How to Support

Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity aims to help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, go to habitat.org.

Online Donations can be made at: http://www.indstatefoundation.org/give-indiana-state-university . Please select “Other” in the Designation box and type ISU Habitat Build.

 

Contact

Center for Community Engagement

Indiana State University
Tirey Hall 136
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Phone: 812-237-2335
Fax: (812) 237-2525
Sarah.strole@indstate.edu

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