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USD Students Give San Diego Woman Early Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving came early to a San Diego woman this year, courtesy of USD students.

Thirteen undergraduate and eight graduate students renovated the home of 58-year-old Rosalie Cardenas, in just two weekends, as part of a School of Business Administration class in project management. This is the 11th annual Thanksgiving House students have completed.

Cardenas, who lives in National City, just outside of San Diego, is a vibrant woman who enjoyed salsa dancing for many years until she inexplicably lost the use of both legs a year ago and is now confined to a wheelchair.

“You did a great job,” she exclaimed, as students showed her around her “new” house on Nov. 9.  The ambitious project included many improvements to make her home more wheelchair-friendly, including lowering countertops, installing new sinks, widening doors and adding a roll-in shower and access ramps. Students also added new concrete to her yard and a beautiful deck that wraps around the home. (Full Story Inside USD)

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