The Demel Cousins

Family Tradition

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Over the holidays, Habitat was blessed with a special group of volunteers in the ReStore. The Demel family of Elgin, Illinois, and Granger, Indiana, spent a day in our ReStore warehouse sorting and organizing inventory items, to make more room for incoming donations.

The Demel group are cousins who get together over the holidays each year, and then choose to do something positive within the community.  What a great tradition!

Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County welcomes family volunteer groups at any time of the year, to help in the ReStore or in Construction. To schedule your family for a day of giving, contact Molly Prime, Community Volunteer Coordinator, at


Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Tatman

Four years ago, a nice gentleman walked into our office and said, “I’d like to volunteer.”  It was Jim Tatman.

Jim is a retired school teacher and retired for a second time from a trophy shop.  He relocated to Elkhart County from Columbus, Ohio, to be nearer to his daughters and grandsons, who live in Elkhart County and Chicago. 

Jim was looking for something to do where he could lend his skills and his time, and he did so in a big way!  He has led all of the Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County volunteers by having the most construction hours in 2014, 2015, and 2016!

 Jim is great at doing anything that needs to be done in construction.  He is an exceptional painter, and enjoys doing more of it on the side, too. 

Having grown up in the Columbus, Ohio area, Jim is an avid Ohio State University fan.  He attends several games a year. 

jimThank you Jim Tatman, for being the wonderful person you are.  You inspire others with your gentle grace!