GOSHEN, Ind.—On a single day in May, colleagues throughout the Indiana University Health system will collectively give back to their communities by constructing wall units for 25 Habitat for Humanity homes. IU Health Goshen Colleagues will partner with Elkhart County Habitat for Humanity to help build wall units for one of those homes. After additional work, the new owners will move into their home this summer.
“Our ability to provide shelter for families is dependent upon the generosity of others,” says Tom McArthur, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. “This local and statewide push IU Health to help build homes for families in need is inspirational.”
The Goshen build takes place Friday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will work in an offsite parking lot south of the hospital behind IU Health Goshen’s former corporate offices at 2100 South Main Street.
“The success of IU Health Goshen Hospital is directly linked to the strength of the communities we serve,” says Larry Brooks, vice president for marketing and development. “It’s incumbent upon us as good neighbors and community leaders to give back, and our organizational culture lends itself to that.”
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The Sherman Family
Erica Sherman and her 3 children, Mason (7), Ashlynn (3), and Camden (5 months), dream of the day when they can spread out in their new Habitat home. Erica has been working through the program for more than a year. “When I first found out, I couldn’t believe it was happening to me!” It hasn’t always been easy–the family moved in with Erica’s mother to save money for the new home. “I love her,” Erica laughs, “but we’re ready to go.”
“Mason’s the one who understands,” says Erica. “He’s excited about his own space. His sister drives him crazy.” He’s chosen John Cena, a WWE wrestler, as his decoration theme for his room. Ashlynn wants to sleep in her new toddler bed and set up her play kitchen. And Erica is ready to move little Camden out of her room.
Eddie & Zoila Mayorga
Eddie Mayorga and Zoila Galeano both came to the United States, separately, about 20 years ago. “Maybe you’ve heard of what was going on in Guatemala during that time,” he says. “It was very dangerous. It was a bloodbath.” They arrived, Eddie explains simply, seeking a better life.
Nissan pledges $250,000 for photo challenge at habitat.org/build
ATLANTA (May 8, 2012) — Habitat for Humanity today announced the launch of BUiLD, a movement to raise awareness about the global housing need and raise support for Habitat for Humanity’s mission to end poverty housing. To celebrate the launch, individuals are invited to visit habitat.org/build, answer the question “What will you build?” with an inspirational message and upload a photo. For each photo submitted, Nissan will donate $5 to Habitat for Humanity, up to $250,000.
BUiLD is a campaign created by Habitat for Humanity to help address the global housing crisis, which includes more than 1.6 billion people living in substandard housing. Through public outreach and promotions online and in stores, BUiLD seeks to put housing on people’s hearts and minds while raising funds for Habitat to provide decent, affordable housing.