New Habitat home will relieve family’s cramped conditions

Clemson University’s Homecoming week seeks to bring the community together in a way that hits home with the 26th annual Pickens County Habitat for Humanity house building collaboration. The Habitat for Humanity Homecoming Build kicked off Wednesday on Bowman Field. Over the years, the Clemson community has built 26 homes that are still occupied and have given families opportunity and empowerment by removing the physical and mental hardships that occur with housing instability. Clemson’s Habitat for Humanity club has more than 50 active members who work to raise funds and solicit materials for the project throughout the year along with organizing the 900-plus student and employee volunteers for the build. The Campus Chapter officers coordinate with Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, which builds approximately three houses a year for families in need with volunteer labor. This year, the house is being built for a U.S. Postal Service employee and her daughter. Their current housing situation is cramped – they live at the goodwill of the recipient’s mother with two other family members. The Pickens County recipient is most looking forward to raising her daughter in a safe and healthy environment where she has room to grow. On Friday, Oct. 25, the shell of the house will be completed and open for the community to see along with the Homecoming floats built by student organizations on Bowman. Donations can be made online at or by check to P.O. Box 412 Clemson, SC 29633 with Homecoming Build in the memo line.