Home is Here: Restoring a Roof in Valparaiso
is the 2019 World Relief Campaign
Help us raise $25,000 to restore the roof of Caroline's Place!
The World Relief Campaign
Each spring semester, members of Valparaiso University’s Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) raise money for a non-profit organization and project through the World Relief Campaign (WRC). This year’s campaign is entitled Home is Here: Restoring a Roof in Valparaiso.
The Project: A New Roof for Caroline's Place
A 100% volunteer build converted an appliance store into Caroline’s Place, 15 affordable apartments for single women in Valparaiso.
14 of the 15 women are senior citizens. Without Caroline’s Place, they could not afford to continue living in the community.
The roof has deteriorated and needs to be replaced. Home is Here is seeking to raise $25,000 towards the repairs for the roof of Caroline’s Place.
Total project costs include $14,700 for materials, $12,200 for labor, and $1,500 for miscellaneous expenses.
The Affordable Housing Problem
The US government defines affordable housing as that which costs more than 30 percent of the gross income of the occupants.
There is a shortage of 7.4 million affordable housing units in the United States.
The hourly wage required in Indiana to afford a two-bedroom rental home with a 40 hour work week is $15.56.
A minimum wage earner with two children would need to work 131 hours per week to be self-sufficient in Porter County.
The Social Action Leadership Team
The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is a social justice ministry at Valparaiso University in which students come together in community to embody the Christian call to be the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).
You can get involved by spreading the word about our campaign, learning more about affordable housing in Indiana, attending or sponsoring one of our events (visit our Facebook page!), and by praying for all those involved!