Last week, App Builds a Home held its first Spiritual Week with fundraising events for a third charity home in the High Country.
ABAH, a university partnership with Watauga Habitat for Humanity, builds safe and affordable homes for local partner families. From a concert at Hayes Music Hall to building the interior walls of the next house, there were several student volunteer opportunities. ABAH’s goal is to build one house per year for one family, and this year is dedicated to the Paterno domicile.
According to The ABAH website, Kim Paterno is a hard worker who is loved by those who work with her and a simple person who values responsibility. ABAH and Habitat for Humanity wrote that they are inspired by the spirit of Paterno and look forward to working on his new home together.
ABAH is in the process of completing the second house, then will build the third house in a few months, said Misty Mayfield, educational consultant for ABAH.
The other two households assisted by ABAH are the barking at home completed in the fall of 2019 and the potter at home where the interior work is almost complete.
“We named it ‘From Scratch’ because App Builds a Home is part of building a house from foundation to roof elevation,” said ABAH student director Mackenzie Millett.
ABAH partnered with National Residence Hall Honorary for a 5K color run on Sunday.
“We had over 70 people signed up, so we’ve raised over $700 for our next home, which is just amazing,” Millett said. “To have people come out for a leisurely run on this cold day was really inspiring.”
Also in attendance were future NRHH President Austin Balent and current NRHH President Anna Thomson.
“We didn’t have a goal, this is our first time at this event and honestly that’s my goal,” Balent said, gesturing to the crowd.
Other events hosted by ABAH include a benefit concert hosted by the Hayes School of Music on Tuesday evening.
“If you’ve never been to a Hayes School of Music concert, they always put on the best music and we got to see some amazing teachers show off their talent,” Millet said. “So it was really great Tuesday night.”
On Thursday and Friday, ABAH held its third Walls Up event at Grace Lutheran Church.
“In this parking lot, we’re building the interior walls of the house we’re about to build,” Millett said. “So we built the interior walls of Kim Paterno’s house, which will be right in the Greenwood Habitat neighborhood.”
Millett said it’s a great opportunity for students who live on campus and might not be able to get to the job site on their own.
“This 5K, graciously sponsored by NRHH, helps us reach our house fundraising goal number three and we are on the way to reaching that fundraising goal,” Mayfield said.