Law Students Help Renovate Housing

A group of Law School students helped begin rehabilitation work last month on an abandoned house in Worcester so it can be used for low-income housing. The 12 students assisted in interior demolition of the building, which will eventually be turned into a two-family unit. The project is being conducted under the auspices of Matthew 25 Inc., a non-profit organization that was co-founded by Law School Administrative Assistant Frederick Enman, SJ, to purchase and renovate deserted buildings for low-income families.

Fr. Enman, who serves as executive director for Matthew 25, said the 11-year-old organization has rebuilt three houses in Worcester with assistance from local college and high school students, and is restoring another residence. In addition, the organization plans to start a project in the Boston area.

Matthew 25 takes its name from the biblical passage which includes the lines, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

-Sean Smith

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