The Ursuline Sisters of Cincinnati Celebrate 100th Anniversary by Dedicating Habitat for Humanity Home
CINCINNATI – The Ursuline Sisters of Cincinnati are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, the sisters chose to help a deserving family realize their dream of home ownership by building a home in partnership with Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity (www.cincinnatihabitat.org). The dedication ceremony for the Ursuline “Jubilee House” will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 18 at 2821 Preston Street in Walnut Hills. The community and members of the news media are welcomed to attend.
The St. Ursula Convent and Academy opened in Cincinnati in 1910, and the sisters began teaching in several parochial schools. Since then, they have been examples of service through education, as well as other efforts to help improve the community. The Ursuline Sisters, as well as St. Ursula Academy students and alumni, volunteered their efforts on the build. Students too young to swing a hammer helped with landscaping, providing lunches, and fundraising. Over the course of the build, more than 400 dedicated volunteers turned out to complete the home.
“We are so honored that that the Ursuline sisters chose to mark their centennial anniversary by partnering with Cincinnati Habitat and the Campbell family. For the past 100 years, the sisters have been an integral part of the service community here in Cincinnati,” said Ed Lee, Executive Director of Cincinnati Habitat. “They have taught this community so many valuable lessons through education and giving to those in need. They are models of service we all should aspire to. I have no doubt they will carry out their mission for another 100 years and beyond.”
The home will belong to single mother Christine Campbell and her three children Ephinity,16, Eyziraha, 12, and Ezyontae, 10. Ephinity is a10th grader at Withrow High School and loves reading and writing. Eyziraha and Ezyontae both attend Hays Elementary. Eyziraha plays basketball and is involved in cheerleading. Ezyontae plays basketball and football. They both attend the Boys and Girls Clubs.
“Buying my own home means a stable foundation for me and my kids, and it is just so exciting to know that I helped build something that will be mine for the first time, where everything is brand new,” said Campbell. “I believe this is my time to be blessed with building and buying my own home.”
To qualify for their Habitat home, the Campbell family had to meet a variety of criteria, and work beside volunteers from St. Ursula Convent and Academy, investing 500 hours of sweat equity into the construction of their home. Cincinnati Habitat will sell the home to the family with a 0%, 20-year, interest-free mortgage payable to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.
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About Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income families in need. Cincinnati Habitat works in equal partnership with families, volunteers, and donors building a sense of community as well as affordable housing. Our partners include corporations, churches, foundations, organizations and individual donors who donate money, labor, and materials to fund and build our homes. Cincinnati Habitat has built over 170 homes in neighborhoods that include Avondale, Clifton, Columbia Tusculum, Evanston, Harrison, Hyde Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Madisonville, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Washington, North Fairmount, Northside, Oakley, Over-the-Rhine, Price Hill, South Cumminsville, South Fairmount, Walnut Hills, Westwood and Winton Place, among others. For more information, visit www.cincinnatihabitat.org.