Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Poudre High School Student-Led Wall Raising on Second Home

Sep 25, 2015 | Member News

Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity is joining forces with Poudre High School students to build a second annual home for a local family. The collaboration will be celebrated at the “We Build” breakfast Sept. 30 in the Poudre High School gym, 201 N. Impala Drive in Fort Collins, followed by a wall raising ceremony in the PHS parking lot.

“The birth of a new home for a family in need is always a momentous occasion,” said executive director Kristin Candella. “But this wall raising is especially noteworthy because students will have the opportunity to learn real-world experience and the value of service.”

For the next year, 80 Geometry in Construction students, grades 9-11, will participate in building the new home in the PHS parking lot to not only practice geometry skills but become involved members of the community as well. Students from Poudre High School’s Geometry in Construction program will put what they learn to the test as they help Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity build their the home in partnership with the Laughlin family. The house will actually be built by the students over the course of the school year on high school grounds, and then moved to the Ridgewood Hills neighborhood in June where the Laughlin family will reside.

For more information contact Raquel Martinez at (970) 488-2610 or [email protected]. Learn more about Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity at

Poudre High School was established in 1964, Poudre High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school. Current enrollment is approximately 1,800 students. Poudre High School houses the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, the Newcomer Academy, the AVID program, as well as numerous school-sponsored and student-initiated clubs and extra-curricular activities. Poudre High School students and staff are proud of our diversity.  Approximately 50% of our students live in rural areas including farm, ranch, and mountain communities. The remainder live in the city of Fort Collins. Nearly 10% of Poudre High School students are English language learners. Socioeconomic status of our students’ families ranges from those qualifying for federal assistance (approximately 30%) to the upper-middle class.  Our attendance area is approximately the size of Rhode Island.

Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Fort Collins area and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.