Women Build in the Truth

Goshen,IN – Erica Sherman, our 2012 Women Build partner family, and Tom McArthur, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, were recently interviewed by Marilyn Odendahl of the Elkhart Truth about this year’s Women Build. Check out a portion of the article below and to read the rest of the article click here.

ELKHART — Changes in employment and increases in rent kept Erica Sherman moving from apartment to apartment with her three children in tow. At various times she has been a resident of Shipshewana, Goshen, Middlebury and Elkhart.

Erica Sherman talks with a reporter outside of her new home Tuesday on the west side of Elkhart.

Now her nomadic lifestyle is poised to end with something she only dreamed about as an adult — a permanent address. The final work is being completed on her new one-story, four-bedroom house near West Beardsley Avenue and soon, she and her brood will be able to move one final time and make a home.

“It still doesn’t feel real,” Sherman said recently while standing on the porch of her house. “I don’t think it will feel real until I actually move in because it’s such a blessing.”

Sherman’s abode was not only built by Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County but also was mostly constructed by women as part of Habitat’s Women Build. The program was started at the national level about 10 years ago as a way to get more females involved in Habitat.

Disproportionately, the volunteer base on most of the nonprofit’s home-building projects will be men, according to Tom McArthur, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. Yet, he said, there is no reason in the world why women cannot participate.

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Creative RePurposing

RePurposing Projects by Habitat ReStore

We are constantly blown away by the creativity our ReStore customers show us on a daily basis. We love your creativity so much that we are willing to give anyone a 25% off coupon for sending us photos of their creative projects. Please send your photos to jordan@habitatec.com. We will email you the 25% off coupon in a day or two of receiving your photos.

Habitat joins with Central Christian Church to Build Community

Elkhart Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard

GOSHEN,Ind.–This past Saturday, June 2, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County partnered with Central Christian Church in building a community playground and garden in downtown Elkhart. The WOW Community Park and Garden Project has been in the works for over a year. The park is an extension of the church’s growing child ministry that began in 1995 with an after-school program known as Way Out Wednesdays.

For more information on the park check out this fantastic article written by Dan Spalding for the Elkhart Truth.

June 2012 – The Romero Family

The Romero Family

Manuela Romero came to the US from Mexico 21 years ago. “I came for vacation,” she laughs, “but I started working and helping my family.” Now, she says, she’d like to visit her mother and other family in Mexico City, “but if I save to go on the trip, what will they eat?”

“For me, the US is my home. I miss my family, but they move all the time. I like it here! I’m really happy.” Her adult daughter lives in Mexico with her 1 year old grandson. The last time they visited in person was 5 years ago, though they speak on the phone often.

She and her son, Bryan (7), have been somewhat nomadic for the last couple of years, renting rooms from acquaintances to save money. They’ve had to move quickly when the landlord’s needs have changed, and they never have much privacy. Manuela worries that Bryan can’t be as energetic as he would like. Manuela is looking forward to having a space that’s theirs.

Though her home life has been mobile, Manuela has been working at Gaska Tape as a machine operator for 9 years. A co-worker and Habitat home-owner, Mary McDaniels, encouraged her to go. “She almost kicked me,” Manuela laughs. “She said, ‘You don’t lose nothing—go!’”

Manuela’s face is well-known at Habitat. She completed many of her Sweat Equity hours in the ReStore and helping around the office, along with working on others’ homes. Manuela says being accepted into the Habitat program “is like a dream—something that never can happen to me!”

The Romero home is being built by a generous sponsorship from Lake City Bank. Manuela and Bryan hope to move into their new home on Elizabeth St this summer.