CHS Partners with Warrick Dunn Õ93 to Dedicate Habitat House
ÒThereÕs no place like home.Ó
The Perkins family was reminded of that famous movie quote during a prayer dedication on the front porch of their new home on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. When the CHS community gathered for the dedication of their sponsored Habitat for Humanity home, there were a couple of surprises in store for homeowner Latrenda Perkins and her two children.
Catholic High graduate Warrick Dunn Õ93 partnered with CHS and Habitat for Humanity to provide the Perkins familyÕs with the surprise of a lifetime: a fully furnished home and a $5,000 down payment. Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. (WDC), with the help of CHS volunteers, spent countless hours to fill the home with everything the Perkins family would need. WDC partnered with Aarons to fully furnish the house and Shoppers Value who provided all of the groceries for the Perkins’ home. The owners of Shoppers Value, Ted Harvey and Garnett Jones, Jr., have a special commitment in supporting Warrick Dunn Charities in his local efforts in Baton Rouge because of their connection with DunnÕs mother, Betty Smothers.
ÒI think itÕs important. ItÕs vital that I come back and support a community that supported me all those years ago,Ó said Warrick Dunn Õ93, founder of Warrick Dunn Charities. ÒFor me, itÕs more important to set an example. Partnering with Catholic High School gives the young men the opportunity to put sweat equity into a project greater than themselves and give back to the community.Ó
CHS began raising money for this build during the 2015-2016 school year. During Challenge week 2016, students could to donate $20 toward the build in exchange for a week of relaxed dress. For an extra $10 donation, students didnÕt have to shave for a week.
“Catholic High School considers the relationship with Habitat of Baton Rouge to be a fundamental component of the holistic education of our students,” said CHS principal Lisa Harvey. “From the student participation in fundraising for the home, to our students and faculty building the house, our entire school has the opportunity to make a difference in our local community. Of course we were excited and grateful to partner with CHS graduate Warrick Dunn in this Habitat home and witness the life-changing opportunity this collaboration was for Latrenda Perkins and her family. Catholic High is committed to continuing our Habitat build project in the future.”
Home owner, Latrenda Perkins, worked in the Early Childhood Center as a child care provider at St. Aloysius for the last 23 years. She was thrilled that some of the students she cared for at St. Aloysius helped her build her own home. ÒEven if they donÕt really remember me, it is really special that they will be giving the same care back to me and my children.Ó