New York College Students Build a West Virginia Woman's Home

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

College students from central New York worked hard on Tuesday to build a new home for one woman in West Virginia.

Sondra Ruddle lives in a trailer that she said has been unsafe to live in for years. She said she's happy to finally get a new home.

"I'll always, always remember these people. They're going to be a part of my life. They're building the foundation to my new home. There's just no amount of thanks that I could ever give to show for appreciation for what they do for me," said Ruddle.

Building the foundation is what these college students are focusing on this week.

"The foundation is one of the most basic and rudimentary things to do, so it feels great to know that we got something started, and it'll be finished at the end, and who knows maybe next year we'll come back and we'll work on the same site," said volunteer, Shawon Akanda.

Akanda is one student who's on spring break this week, he's working hard with other students to build this home for Ruddle as part of a Habitat for Humanity project.

A new home is something that Ruddle really needed.

"The ceilings are falling in, and it's leaking, and we had to gut the back half of it and take out all the plumbing and stuff and it leaks really bad," said Ruddle.

The students aren't the only ones with a great attitude.

"Sondra's great, and she's the nicest, one of the nicest people that I've met, and it feels really good to help her out and she's really deserving of this," said Akanda.

Good neighbors are building a new home to make one person's dream come true.

"It's just a start of a new life!” said Akanda.

The students will continue to work hard through the end of this week, and then more volunteers will come each week until this house is completed.

These students are from Hamilton College and Winona State University.

Ruddle said the house should be completed by June.


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