Habitat Celebrates 2012 Women Build

Goshen,IN – Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County celebrated their 10th annual Women Build with a home dedication this past Tuesday, September 18. Check out these two great pieces on the event.

Habitat for Humanity celebrates home dedication The Elkhart Truth

ELKHART — Erica Sherman moved into her Habitat for Humanity house three weeks ago. And on Tuesday, volunteers from the organization and Sherman’s friends and family came to dedicate the home.

The house was built through the Women Build program, which ensures that mostly women are involved during the home’s construction. The program is designed to encourage women’s interest in construction and in Habitat for Humanity. This was the 10th home that the group has built in the Elkhart County area. Almost 60 women were involved in the building of Sherman’s home.

Sherman moved in with her three children, Mason Sherman, 8, Camden Malone, 10 months, and Ashlynn Sherman, 3. They were previously living with her mother to save money. Sherman said they’re more comfortable now that everyone in her family has their own bedroom.

“We can actually have our own space,” she said.

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom. 1340-square-foot house is typical for Habitat homes. She has already painted the rooms in the home for her three children. She put in more than 100 hours working on the house.

“Now that it’s here, it was all worth it,” she said.

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Family receives keys for Habitat for Humanity house Fox 28 News

The Sherman family is now proud homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity!

Erica Sherman and her three kids received the keys to their new home today in Elkhart.

The building of this house was unique because it was the women who picked up the hammers and power tools to make it happen.

“50 women who came from all sorts of directions and ages. There were some retired women out here working as well,” said new homeowner Erica Sherman. “It was awesome because I’ve always been a woman advocate so to have women actually come help and build my house meant so much to me.”

Sherman’s three kids are happy to have their own rooms.

The building of the house was sponsored by Lowe’s.

To see the video from the Fox 28 newscast click here.

Catching up with Umeki Williams

Goshen,IN– Umeki Williams, our 150th partner family, was recently interviewed by Tim Vandenack of the Elkhart Truth about her transition from homelessness to home ownership. Check out a portion of the article below and if you want to read the complete article click here.

Umeki Williams talks with a reporter in her new home 8/3/2012. Two years ago Williams and her family were homeless and she was fighting to find a job. Today she has a home and job. Her son Dumarrion, age 11, sits with her on her couch. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)

ELKHART — Back in 2009, the sour economy wasn’t the only thing on Umeki Williams’ mind.

Her marriage had gone south, and lacking child support from her ex and having no job — no seeming prospects for work, even — the threat of homelessness loomed large. Maybe she and her four kids would end up living in a car, in the street, she worried.

“My only option is that if I don’t find employment, my kids and I will go homeless,” she said three years ago as she frantically struggled to find work. Anything. A job flipping burgers would be fine. Corn detasseling? She’ll take it.

“I had been everywhere,” she recalls. “I went to McDonald’s and across the street at Penguin Point. I put in applications everywhere.”

Fast forward and it all seems like a bad dream that fades with the morning sun. The abusive relationship with her former husband is history. She has a steady job, no longer relies on child support or her ex. She has a home, her own, thanks to help from Habitat for Humanity; and her kids, ages 7 to 18, have a semblance of stability.

“I’m very grateful to where I’m at,” she said. “I never thought I’d be here.”

To read the rest of this article click here.

Partner Family Application Meetings

GOSHEN—Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County announces the dates and times for their Housing Application Meetings.

Saturday, September 22nd, 10 am
Pierre Moran Pavilion, [MAP]
201 W. Wolf Avenue, Elkhart

Monday, September 24th, 12 pm
Habitat Office [MAP]
2526 Peddlers Village Road, Goshen

Monday, September 24th, 6 pm
Pierre Moran Pavilion, [MAP]
201 W. Wolf Avenue, Elkhart

Over the next year we will be focusing on building in the city of Elkhart. Interested participants can learn more about the Habitat program and receive a home ownership application. Applications are only available at the meetings.

More About Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County – Since becoming a Habitat affiliate in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County has built more than 150 houses with families in need, becoming a true leader in addressing the issues of substandard housing. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds quality, sustainable and affordable homes with God’s people in need. For more information about Habitat and our programs please visit our website, habitatec.com.