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Lawrence Tech alumnus to report progress on housing for Haitian orphans Feb. 18

Release Date: February 11, 2010

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University alumnus Donald Stevens will discuss his ongoing campaign to provide shelter for orphans in Haiti and other countries hit by natural disasters on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

The presentations, part of Lawrence Tech's Entrepreneurial Lecture Series, are free and open to the public. Stevens will speak in the Lear Auditorium (T429) in the University Technology and Learning Center (UTLC) on campus.

Last year Stevens began working in Haiti through the organization he founded, Reconstruction Efforts Aiding Children without Homes (REACH). He has increased his efforts there following the Jan. 12 earthquake and has met with former President Bill Clinton.

Lawrence Tech has entered into a partnership with REACH to raise funds and provide volunteers for his construction projects. Four students will work with Stevens in Haiti for their alternative spring break in March, and another group of Lawrence Tech students will work in Haiti this summer.

Stevens, who earned a degree in architecture from Lawrence Tech in 1992, is president of two building companies, STUCC ON STEEL and SHELTER2HOME, in Winchester, Va.

Following the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, Stevens and some friends worked to rebuild housing in Sri Lanka, working closely with Habitat For Humanity-Sri Lanka to develop a partnership to build environmentally friendly, sustainable homes. Then, with the broader goal of helping more children, Stevens and his supporters refocused and expanded their efforts, forming REACH to aid orphan children in need worldwide.

Stevens turned his attention to Haiti after hurricanes caused widespread flooding. He began working with the Pwoje Espwa Sud orphanage located in the impoverished village of Torbeck. The children are under the care of Father Marc Boisvert of Pwoje Espwa.

For more information on REACH, visit www.reach4children.org.

The Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is sponsored by The Legends of Lawrence Tech, an entrepreneurial alumni organization, and the Lawrence  Tech  chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.