A Habitat for Humanity house in Greeley sponsored by a group of University of Northern Colorado students will be officially dedicated at 1 p.m. July 17.
Students from the Bear Catholic campus ministry at UNC provided the majority of volunteer hours building the Almaraz family's home at 1911 Habitat Lane between last October and early March.
According to Michelle Valoris, volunteer/development coordinator for the Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity office, 56 different students worked a combined total of 800 hours on Saturdays over the five months.
The students also spent numerous hours raising more than $19,000 toward the home's $70,000 cost of construction, Valoris said.
The project was the students' annual mission for the academic year, according to Rick Hoines-Brumback, who serves as their campus advisor. Students performed volunteer work with the poor in Central America during previous years' missions, he said, and decided it was time to do the same thing for a local family.
He said that additional volunteers and fundraising assistance came from members of St. Peter's Catholic Church, with which Bear Catholic is affiliated.
Valoris said that as is the case with all Habitat for Humanity building projects, the Almaraz family was responsible for 500 hours of work on the house, and volunteers from the community also helped.
Hoines-Brumback said that he and five or six students will represent Bear Catholic at the dedication ceremony, which is open to the public.