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Students partner to build Habitat home

Students partner to build Habitat home

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STURGIS | Thanks in part to students at Sturgis Brown High School Lee Stroschine has a new home.

The home, at 328 Main Street in Sturgis, was primarily built by the students.

The students were there for a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, March 12.

“Home dedications sum up months of hard work by our homeowners, volunteers, staff, sponsors and so many other members of our community,” said Scott Engmann, Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director. “We are especially proud of the construction work accomplished by the Sturgis Brown High School students under the direction of teacher Chad Hedderman and Kevin Chase.”

The fourth Geometry in Construction home is in process at Sturgis Brown High School and Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity is currently looking for a qualified family for the home. Families interested in applying must attend an Informational Meeting on Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. at the Rapid City Public Library – downtown. Qualification information can be found at

Lee completed more than 250 hours of sweat equity including financial education classes. His diligence and patience through the process culminated with the dedication.

In addition, all Habitat families are required to meet income requirements, be able to provide a small down payment and demonstrate need before they are accepted into the program.

For more information on applying for a home, volunteering, and other ways you can get involved with Black Hills Area Habitat, visit online at

Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity (BHAHFH) is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. BHAHFH homes are sold at an affordable level to qualifying families who contribute 250 hours of sweat equity per adult, which goes toward their down payment.

Mortgage payments pay forward for the construction of more Habitat homes in the Black Hills. BHAHFH has built 83 homes in the Black Hills area since 1990. BHAHFH’s ReStore Outlet is open to

the public at 610 E. Omaha, Rapid City, Tuesday through Saturday 9am – 5pm and 2915 E. Colorado

Blvd., Spearfish, Thursday through Saturday 9am – 5pm. Funds raised through items donated and sold at the ReStore Outlet help to build additional homes in the Black Hills area. Call 348-9196 for store and donation hours. For more information, visit or call 348-9196. Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity is a United Way member agency.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 500,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit

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