The Valdosta State women’s soccer team is a partner of Habitat for Humanity

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) – Habitat for Humanity is helping meet the need for homes right in Valdosta.

“The need is huge,” said Michael Bourgoin, executive director of Valdosta Habitat for Humanity.

Thousands of families in South Georgia need housing.

A need that catches the attention of students at Valdosta State University.

The VSU women’s soccer team is one of those groups working to help.

Coming together to help build a habitat for humanity with 14 team members on Friday.

Together they laid the foundation for a home that followed the steps of other teams within the athletic department.

“Football took place the week before and volleyball took place the week after. It was probably close to 100. Every team contributed to that,” said Stephen Andrew, VSU head coach women’s football.

An experience that, according to Head Coach Stephen Andrew, his team really enjoyed.

“It’s been cool to see when we’ve moved on from what we’ve been doing and actually accomplished something,” said Andrew.

While this program offers amazing opportunities, it requires a commitment from families to participate.

To participate in this program, families must have housing and income improvement needs, and most importantly, volunteer 120 hours to select the property and 350 to 500 hours to take possession of the home.

They must take courses in home ownership, finance and a number of other areas revolving around home ownership and preparing a family for home ownership in order for them to be successful. This is the biggest thing for us,” said Michael Bourgoin, Executive Director of Valdosta Habitat for Humanity.

He says there is currently a waiting list of more than 200 people in the Valdosta area, but with the help of more volunteers like VSU students, more houses can be built in a short amount of time.

“They couldn’t be a finer group of people. I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” Bourgoin said.

An experience that fills a need while also giving athletes like Bailey Hern the opportunity to give back to their community.

“I think we felt really good about it. I feel fulfilled, I felt like I helped. It was something new that I had never done before. It was a good learning experience,” Bailey Hern, a senior on the Valdosta State women’s soccer team, said.

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