Kentucky college students build Habitat for Humanity homes in Crestview (PHOTOS)

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 06:24 PM.

Joe Hageman, a junior, had no problem taking up manual labor for spring break.

"For me, the most gratifying thing is that we are providing one of the most basic needs for people," Hageman said."After food and water, housing and shelter is the most basic need for people. It feels good to help an organization, like Habitat, in helping people get back on their feet."  

Many Thomas More students continue to spend spring break volunteering for Habitat for Humanity offices across the Gulf Coast, said Joe's father, John Hageman, a biology professor at the college.  

This is the second straight year the college students have traveled to Okaloosa County. Last year, students helped build a home in Fort Walton Beach.   

During their weeklong visit, students are staying at St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach. The volunteers can visit area beaches and other attractions during their visit, John Hageman said.

"It's a combination of work and tourism, but it's spring break with a purpose," he said.

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