Media advisory: CSU construction management students helping families in need April 14

Contact for Reporters:

Jeff Dodge, 970-491-4251,

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Colorado State University students in the CM Cares program are helping several families in need make improvements to their homes this spring, and media are invited to visit two of the construction projects this Saturday, April 14.

CM Cares, based in CSU’s Department of Construction Management, is a program in which students in a special leadership course oversee construction projects for families and nonprofits in need of things like improved mobility and ADA access. The student leaders mentor other student volunteers with help from CSU faculty and professionals in the construction industry. Since CM Cares started, it has completed more than 24 projects, at an estimated value of $1.5 million, to benefit families and adults with disabilities, or nonprofits that serve the greater community.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the projects on Saturday, April 14, in Windsor and Fort Collins during the times listed below. The media contact that day is Khristy Jesse, who can be reached at 970-222-3620. Full details about all of the projects are available at

Mochan family project

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1531 W. County Road 68, Fort Collins

The Mochan family experienced a tragedy in which both parents passed away unexpectedly and left three school-age children behind. The children now reside in Fort Collins with their aunt and uncle. Their home currently cannot comfortably accommodate all of the children. CM Cares student volunteers are completing a finished walk-out basement and adding three bedrooms, a living room, mudroom and a complete remodel of the bathroom. ROTC volunteers from CSU as well as employees of the sponsoring construction companies will be lending a hand on April 14.

Morris family project

9 a.m. to noon

343 Stoll Drive, Windsor

John and Arianna Morris of Windsor are having their home renovated for accessibility. Morris, a CSU alumnus who created a suspension system for wheelchairs called QuadshoX, was paralyzed from the neck down at age 18. Near the end of his high school career, he and his friends built a snow ramp for snowboarding and he landed on his head, compound-bursting disc C5 and fracturing C4 and C6. In the Morris project, students are constructing a deck that wraps around the house to the backyard. The deck will feature concrete walkways and automatic doors leading to the home, so Morris can easily access his backyard.