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MSU students complete the American Dream for Habitat Family

February 21, 2011

In the fall semester, over 500 MSU students contributed over 5,000 service hours to make the Second Annual Maroon Edition Home a tremendous success. Recently, the Maroon Volunteer Center followed up with the family to see how they have been enjoying their new home.
The family from the Second Annual Maroon Edition House, Katie Marie Gray and her two sons Marc and Scottie Pittman are feeling right at home in the Second Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity home.
Their new home was built with the help of over 500 Mississippi State students, contributing over 5,000 hours of volunteer labor to help this family.
“She completed the American Dream when we moved into our new home," proud son Scottie said of his mother.
Katie Marie has enjoyed homeownership and is very proud of her new place to live. Prior to being awarded their home from Habitat, “we were really struggling," Katie Marie said.
Now that she is a homeowner, she is very proud of her home and appreciates the self-satisfaction of paying towards their own house and not rent to a landlord.
Their home was made handicap accessible because the oldest son Marc has muscular dystrophy and is bound to his wheelchair much of the time. Marc really likes how he can get into the house and around the house with ease because of the ramp in the doorway and the cement floors throughout the house.
The accessible shower has also made a big impact for Marc, as it is much easier for him to get in and out of and doesn’t require as much help from his mom or brother. He also enjoys the accessibility of the extra wide driveway, which eases the process of getting in and out of the car.
Marc and Scottie appreciate each having their own bedroom, which helps their ability to study. It is has paid off for each of them, as they are doing very well in school. Marc is taking courses online and hopes to graduate from Mississippi State in the future and Scottie is at Starkville High School.
“I am very proud of my boys, they are smart and very determined,” Katie Marie said.
Marc and Scottie share in their mother’s pride of their new home and both said they enjoyed having friends over to the house.
The upgrade to a house with more rooms, wide doors and the handicap accessibility of it is much appreciated by the family who used to live in a much smaller apartment that was not handicap friendly at all.
Katie Marie hopes that her ability, through Habitat for Humanity, to become a homeowner has a trickle down effect on her sons and their future goals and dreams. The house was made possible by the volunteer students, faculty, and staff from Mississippi State and Katie Marie and her sons are very thankful to all who helped them realize this dream.
The annual build of the Maroon Edition Habitat Home is not possible without support from MSU students, faculty and staff. The MSU Maroon Volunteer Center needs help from Student Organizations to financially support third Annual Maroon Edition Habitat Home.
Funding assistance is needed to continue the tradition of The Annual Maroon Edition Home this fall. Although the need is financial support for The Maroon Edition House, volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Those interested in supporting Habitat for Humanity should call the office at 324-7008.

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