Representatives from the and several of its former graduating classes are sponsoring the construction of a new home for .
A groundbreaking ceremony for the residence at 9 Jefferson Ave. will take place today at 4 p.m. Attendees will include Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz, superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy; Commander James Sylvester, president of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association; Terri O'Rourke, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut, as well as other representatives from the organizations; and members of the Coast Guard Academy classes of 1963, 1964, 2013, and 2014.
Cadets currently attending the academy will construct the home along with the residence's future owners, Linda Needham and her family. Once the house is complete, Needham will purchase the residence with a no-profit mortgage.
The house marks the first Habitat for Humanity project sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. The Coast Guard Academy Parent's Association and Institute for Leadership are also supporting the effort.
This home will be built by the current Corps of Cadets and is sponsored by the USCGA Alumni Association classes of 1950-2012, with additional support from the CGA Parent’s Association, and the Institute for Leadership.