Roanoke College celebrates fourth “R House” dedication

SALEM, Va. -A celebration for Roanoke College's Habitat for Humanity house from the 2009 orientation activities, coined "R House," is quickly approaching. R House will be officially dedicated on Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. The dedication, at 1209 Rorer Ave. in Roanoke, will welcome a deserving family into their new home and celebrate another year of service and partnership between Roanoke College and the Habitat for Humanity Roanoke Valley.

The R House being dedicated at this ceremony is the fourth to be built on the College campus during freshman orientation activities in as many years. Roanoke students and HFHRV have partnered in the past four years during the fall with the goal of building a house for a family in need in the Roanoke Valley.

The house being dedicated this year was built for the Sceres, a family of 10 Liberian refugees in the U.S. since 2004. Harris and Janet Scere are both employed in the valley and previously lived in public housing. Their application to Habitat cited issues of safety and overcrowding as well as their strong desire to secure a comfortable and decent place to raise their family as reasons to seek better housing. They waited for over a year for just the right lot and house plan. The family, which includes children from two months to 20 years, looks forward to more manageable and affordable living conditions in their brand new Habitat home.

The main structure of the house was built on campus, and students, faculty and staff spent additional Saturdays following orientation building the remainder of the house at its permanent site. This year is significant for the College's R House project because now that the project is in its fourth year, the entire student body has taken a turn at service with Habitat for Humanity and helped to build a house.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: March 4, 2010
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu