Habitat for Humanity’s School Build program is an innovative partnership first developed in Tucson and now replicated at other affiliates across the country. Since the start of our first home at Santa Rita High School in April 1994, the total number of homes built locally on school grounds is 55 involving over 1,500 students!
Over the years, the program has moved from campus to campus. Habitat is currently working with Sahuarita High School JTED program.
The construction technology program focus on safety, the proper use of a wide variety of tools, the math concepts related to construction, and how to interpret schematics, blueprints and technical drawings.
The students work on the house and learn residential framing, plumbing, electrical, concrete, masonry, thermal and moisture protection, window and door installation along with exterior and interior finishes.
When the home is ready to move (completed to about 60%), it is placed on a huge flatbed truck and wheeled through the streets in the early morning hours to its permanent location. The home is not “modular” or “mobile” – it is affixed to concrete stem walls and then finished by volunteers for a hardworking low-income family in Habitat’s homeowner program. Any high school student over the age of 16 who has transportation to the site and parental permission can volunteer and assist the house through to completion.
The School Build program is a combination of drop-out prevention, job skills acquisition and a college preparatory program.
For the last 20 years – regardless of the school we are working with – the graduation rate for seniors in the construction technology program has been 100%. This is impressive by any standard!
Habitat invites you to invest in the future. We are seeking funding to purchase building materials for the homes under construction at Sahuarita High School. Please visit the Give page and select High School Build to direct your gift to a program with demonstrated results.
Questions about this program? Please email us to learn more.