KEENUM NAIL

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum prepares to drive the first nail into the door header at the groundbreaking for the 11th Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity home Tuesday.

Once again, a member of the Starkville community will be getting a new home thanks to the efforts of Mississippi State University and Starkville Habitat for Humanity.

On Tuesday morning, ground was broken for the 11th Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity house. The home will be built by MSU students, faculty, staff and retirees over the next few months. The house will be located on Azalea Lane off of Louisville Street in Starkville, and will go to Keyana Triplett. Triplett is a 41-year-old Aramark employee and mother of four children ages 21, 19, 17 and 14.

“I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to be a homeowner,” Triplett said. “I’m thankful that Habitat for Humanity and MSU have given me the opportunity to have a home for my children, so they can finish their growing up and have something to take down the line with us.”

Triplett was one of three people approved for a new home from Starkville Habitat for Humanity in the past year. Recipients are chosen through a selection process looking at their income, credit, family, need and other factors.

MSU President Mark Keenum spoke to the importance of the university’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

“We feel like for our holistic education we provide for our students, projects like this and many others that we’re involved in help us instill important values of selflessness and helping others,” Keenum said. “That’s part of what it means to be a student at Mississippi State University, and I take great pride in that.”

Current Starkville Habitat for Humanity President Nancy Lifer thanked the university for its partnership with Habitat For Humanity.

“That’s a permanent improvement for our family and for the community, so we are very appreciative,” Lifer said.

Keenum, Triplett and Lifer broke ground on the site, along with two members of Triplett’s family. Keenum also drove the first nail into the door header, and gave the hammer to Triplett afterward. Members of the MSU community will work on the house until Oct. 31.

 

For more on this story, read Wednesday's Starkville Daily News. 

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