The Starkville chapter of Habitat for Humanity was organized in 1986 and as of December 2009 was building its 43rd home. Habitat enables qualified families in need of basic, decent housing an opportunity to own a no-interest, low-cost home which they have helped to build through “sweat equity.” Since 1986, Trinity has regularly supplied funds, volunteers, and board members to help this life-changing program thrive.
Some Trinity members help with hammers and paint, some with donations, some serve on the Selection or Nurture committees, and others attend ground-breakings or dedications. Also, each year students come from northern schools to spend their Spring Break in Starkville working on the houses, framing them and getting them "in the dry" so that incoming groups can continue work even if the weather is bad.
Fall is a special time. MSU partners with Habitat to build a "Maroon House" with the first week of school dedicated to community service. Incoming students, as well as staff and faculty, put in a solid week of work, with MSU's president pounding in the first nail. Then MSU volunteers continue work on weekends until about Thanksgiving to meet a move-in deadline, complete with Home Dedication for the grateful family.