We want to thank Ryan Dorgan of The Elkhart Truth for writing a great article about Elkhart Memorial students volunteering with us this past week. Not only did he write the article but he took some fantastic pictures that capture the warm spirits and good attitudes of our volunteers. Click here to read the article and view his pictures.
ELKHART — Elkhart Memorial students spent a chilly first day of spring Wednesday, March 20, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County as the organization began work on new homes near Beardsley Elementary School.
The first two homes at Erwin Street and Conn Avenue will be completed mid-May, and construction of seven more Habitat homes will continue nearby throughout the year.
Memorial students are slated to send a group of volunteers over the next few days.
Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County was able to develop the nine lots formerly owned by Coachmen RV and the city of Elkhart with the help of a federal grant that will help to restore the neighborhood southeast of the elementary school.
“It’s a neighborhood that needed one less parking lot and more homes near the school,” said Aaron Lehman, construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County.
The organization’s Elkhart County affiliate has built more than 160 homes over the past 26 years and is continuing to complete about one home each month at a cost of about $75,000 per home. Indiana’s Habitat affiliates rank sixth nationally, with 4,400 homes built since the organization’s founding in 1976.