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Happenings for 2016
Homeowner Pays Mortgage in Full
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that a homeowner has paid off her mortgage in full. When Pam Rowe of North Manchester, Indiana partnered with Habitat, she and her seven-year-old son, Zachery, were living in a small 1 ½ bedroom garage apartment. Their rent payment was only a little less than Pam’s mortgage payment with Habitat. After twenty years of hard work and consistent payments, she now owns her home, free and clear of any debt.
There will be a small ice cream party and mortgage burning ceremony to celebrate Pam’s achievement. It will be at Habitat’s new construction site located at 490 Ferry Street at 4.30 pm on Saturday, June 25. Come out and congratulate Pam on her accomplishment!
The annual playhouse raffle is off to a great start. Volunteers built a playhouse that will be raffled off on September 23rd. Many have seen the playhouse in the first two parades of the year! It will be parked outside of local businesses that have sponsored the playhouse as well as in front of the Habitat office on Manchester Avenue. You may call the Habitat office for more information and to buy tickets.
Another application cycle for next year will open in September 2016. Please check WCHFH’s Facebook page for more information.
Ferry Street Home Progressing
Wabash County Habitat is making great progress in building the two story home at 490 Ferry Street in Wabash with the Eis family. It is the first two story home that the local Affiliate has ever built. Matt and Sarah Eis are enjoying putting in their sweat equity hours and working with the friends, family, and volunteers to build their new home. We are still looking for volunteers and volunteer groups to come and be a part of this blessing for the Eis family. Call Maggie at 260-563-9188 today to volunteer or to schedule your group. Join in the fun!
Executive Director Named
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Maggie Wimberly to fill the position of Executive Director. Dan Early, President, said, “Maggie was the best candidate out of all of the applicants that we interviewed.” Wimberly, a graduate of Manchester College, comes with a strong background in finance and accounting. Additionally, she has social service experience, having managed a volunteer run food pantry and federal food give-away program for low income seniors for Living Well in Wabash County.
Since agreeing to serve as Interim Business Manager in early October, Wimberly has completed the American Banking Association’s Habitat for Humanity Loan Originator Compliance training so that she can write mortgages for the organization partner families.
The annual playhouse raffle is off to a great start. Volunteers are building a playhouse that will be raffled off in September. You will be able to see the playhouse around the County in parades and when it is parked outside of local businesses that have sponsored the playhouse. Sponsorships are still available if you or your business is interested. You may call the Habitat office for more information.
The new home construction at 490 Ferry Street is progressing well. Since breaking ground in mid-April, through work from some contractors and many volunteers, the home now has a crawl space and sub-floor. Volunteers worked in drizzle this last weekend to lay out top and bottom plates for the framing and worked on window headers for the first floor.
Additionally, Habitat is continuing to accept applications for the next partner family through May 20. This home will be in North Manchester and construction is expected to begin in late July with move-in anticipated by late fall. Another application cycle for next year will open in September 2016.
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity is twenty-five years old. During that time, Habitat has worked with volunteers, donors, churches, business and local government throughout Wabash County to build sixteen affordable homes located in Lafontaine, North Manchester, Roann, Servia and Wabash. We are currently accepting applications for partner homeowners for the next build in North Manchester, Indiana. Contact the office for more information about becoming an applicant to own a home. The Habitat office located at 375 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992. If you would like more information about Habitat for Humanity or to support Habitat’s work as a volunteer or donor contact Maggie Wimberly at (260) 563-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WabashCountyHabitat.
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty and substandard housing worldwide. We build or renovate simple, decent affordable housing for people in need, who purchase the homes through a no profit, 0% interest mortgage. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.
Application Cycle Closed
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity has closed acceptance of applications for the North Manchester build. We will be reopening application acceptance late summer or early fall for homes to be built in 2017. Keep checking back. As always, you may call the office at (260) 563-9188 for more information.
By Emma Rausch
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity broke ground at its new home building site, located at 490 Ferry St., on Saturday, April 2, and welcomed the Eis family to the neighborhood. Over the next several months, Matt and Sarah Eis, along with their four children and one on the way, will join Habitat volunteers and staff in building their new home.
When the couple learned they were selected as partner homeowners, they were in shock. “We couldn’t even -- of course it’s a blessing -- but we were like, ‘They really picked us?’” Mrs. Eis told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s really exciting, yes.” By partnering with Habitat, the couple is providing stability for their children, the pair said. “They always know where they’re going to be for a long period of time,” Mrs. Eis explained. “For them to be here and to grow up in this specific neighborhood and know where they’re going to be,” Eis added. “A home to come home to and the neighborhood. It’s going to be a great thing.“It’s exciting.”
The local Habitat Board of Directors approved the family’s application last October and completed the partnership agreement in December, according to Jeremy Stackhouse, board member. “So far, they’ve completed 40 hours of financial literacy training, which is a part of the Habitat partnership,” he said. “Then they’ve also completed day-long HUD (Housing and Urban Development) certification for the homeownership up in Fort Wayne. They’ve been doing some volunteer work in the community to continue to fill their Sweat Equity and then they’ll continue to fill it on the job site as we’re building their house. “They’ve been working really hard to this day and we’re really proud to partner with them and to work right beside them for their house.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony, the Eis family were also presented with a wood plank signed by the O.J. Neighbours K-Kids Club. In March, the club donated $300.01 to the local organization’s Nickels for Nails program after raising it among the fourth grade classes. By raising $300, the club’s donation will fund the purchase of 6,000 nails, the amount needed to build the Eis family’s new Habitat home.
Mayor Scott Long also attended the groundbreaking and congratulated the Eis family. During the ceremony, the mayor said, “This is a good day for the city.”
“Their presence here will not only strengthen the city, but also this neighborhood,” he continued. “It’s an honor for the city to be able to partner with Habitat and, as a new mayor, I’m looking forward … to seeking some additional lands for Habitat to build more houses within the city.”
A partner homeowner is selected based on three criteria: Need, Willingness to Partner, and Ability to Pay. Need is based on calculations of a family’s rent expense to total income and current living conditions (whether they are unsafe or overcrowded). Ability to pay is based on the partner family’s job history and demonstrated ability to manage one’s financial resources. Willingness to Partner is also known as sweat equity. Sweat equity refers to the actual hands-on involvement of partner homeowners in the construction of their own Habitat homes, as well as participation in other Habitat and community activities. Sweat equity is a Partner Homeowner’s physical and emotional investment in the mission of Habitat.
Habitat for Humanity requires sweat equity for several reasons. Sweat equity provides meaningful interaction between Partner Homeowners, Habitat staff, Habitat volunteers and donors, and the community. It builds pride in homeownership; by investing sweat equity hours in their home, it helps families transition to home ownership. It also helps develop skills and knowledge about homeownership. Partner homeowners gain a real understanding of the construction of their home and the maintenance issues they may face after occupancy. Wabash County Habitat for Humanity is currently holding orientation workshops for the North Manchester build. Please contact Maggie Wimberly at 260-563-9188 for more details.
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity is twenty-four years old. During that time, Habitat has worked with volunteers, donors, churches, business and local government throughout Wabash County to build sixteen affordable homes located in Lafontaine, North Manchester, Roann, Servia and Wabash. The Habitat office is located at 375 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992. If you would like more information about Habitat for Humanity or to support Habitat’s work as a volunteer or donor contact Maggie Wimberly at 260-563-9188 or Maggiew@wabashhabitat.org. You can also keep up to date with Habitat through Facebook at www.facebook.com/WabashCountyHabitat.
Local Habitat for Humanity Affiliates Begin Retail Partnership
Wabash County and Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Affiliates have come together to better serve both communities. The Huntington County ReStore is a retail store which sells new and lightly used home improvement supplies and fixtures at a reduced price. All profits from the store go towards building more Habitat homes in the local area. Wabash County has teamed up with Huntington County to develop the local ReStore, bringing donated items from Wabash to be sold in Huntington.
ReStore Manager, JoAnn Burnau said, “We are excited about this new partnership with the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity. It is great to see two organizations with the same mission work together to serve more families.” In this partnership the Huntington County ReStore will take donations from residents in the Wabash area for resale, and a portion of the profits will be given to the Wabash Habitat for Humanity. Wabash residents simply need to tell the ReStore staff member that it is a Wabash County donation, and the items will be tagged appropriately. When the items sell, Wabash County Habitat will receive a portion of the proceeds. Wabash County Habitat is encouraging residents of the Wabash area to bring their lightly used items such as building supplies, furniture, and housewares to the Huntington ReStore and to shop the Restore as well. For large items, the Huntington County ReStore can be contacted for pick up. For more information about Huntington County Habitat for Humanity ReStore call 260-356-8002. The ReStore is located at 250 Commerce Dr. Huntington, IN 46750 and store hours are Wednesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.