Experiential Learning

Breaking ground at the Habitat for Humanity build site(From left) Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, Mayor Copeland
of East Chicago and Camisha Cast break the ground at the Habitat build site June 7.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EAST CHICAGO | The sun shined brightly on Camisha Cast as she stood among Habitat for Humanity board members and partners Tuesday, June 7. With an expression on her face that can only be described as excitement, Cast celebrated the ground break of the Habitat home being built on Carey Street in East Chicago that soon she will call home. Cast described her feelings as being very excited and somewhat anxious. Since the start of the partnering process with Habitat for Humanity, Cast is excited to see things finally come into fruition.

“I just can’t wait for the process to be over and to be stable once again,” Cast said. Cast and her younger daughter Kayla have been residents of East Chicago since 2000. Camilla feels especially happy to be staying in East Chicago because that is where Kayla grew up – it is “her city.” Groago. Dan Klein, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, is glad that there will once again be a partnership with the City of East Chicago. “The partnership allows Habitat to put more families in decent, affordable homes as well as helps with the city’s real estate tax base,” Klein said. The Habitat home will help create income on property taxes that assist the city with operational costs.

The build also brings in other partners with Habitat for Humanity. Purdue University Calumet construction management students built walls of the house as part of an experiential learning course. This allows students to obtain real world experience in their field of study as well as become immersed with the communities around the university.

Cast and her daughter Kayla will be able to unlock the door to a place to call home at the end of the build, which should be within two months. While that may mark the end of the process of becoming a partner with Habitat for Humanity, the relationship between Cast and Habitat will continue to grow.

From nwitimes.com June 8, 2011