Cross Habitat for Humanity began in 1993 with the Collegiate
Challenge Spring Break program. Sending under 30
students to a few sites across the United States, Collegiate
Challenge became an Alternative Spring Break program at
The Cross that was completely student-run.
highlights through the years:
Holy Cross sent out 45 students to two different sites
in the United States including Miami, Florida, and Lynchburg,
Holy Cross sent out 60 students to Miami, Florida, and
Holy Cross had a big year. Sending out 101 students
to Miami and Tallahassee, Florida, as well as Mississippi
and North Carolina was impressive, but Holy Cross also
officially formed a chapter of Habitat for Humanity through
the works of Chris Ruettgers ’99 and Jeff Colon ’99. Holy
Cross holds its first ever Send-Off Dinner in which Dean
Jacqueline Peterson was the key note speaker.
McDermott ’99 organized the first Africa Global Village
trip for Holy Cross which sent 12 students to Zimbabwe,
Africa, for three weeks in June. Holy Cross Habitat
for Humanity International (also called Habitat Africa)
would become an on-going program throughout the years.
Holy Cross had another big year. Sending 176 students
to Miami and Tallahassee, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana;
Battle Creek, Michigan; Washington, DC; and Lynchburg,
Virginia, Holy Cross was nationally
recognized as the college which sent the most students
away on Collegiate Challenge. Holy Cross
also begins to build right here in Worcester with Greater
Worcester Habitat for Humanity on Massasoit Road and Grove
Holy Cross Habitat continues to expand. This year,
the executive board, consisting of Katie Boland ’01, Jessica
Baker ’03, Emily Hogan ’02 and Ryan Leonard ’02 sent out
10% of their student body. 226 students travel to
five different states.
Florida, students went to Ft. Lauderdale, Lake County,
Miami, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Alabama was visited
by HC students in Calhoun County and Birmingham.
Starkville, Mississippi; Flint River, Georgia; and Tarboro,
North Carolina, also received HC students over spring
break. The Send-Off Dinner was held in Hogan Ballroom
this year and President McFarland gave the opening address.