Soon to be home owner Linda Cobb of Gary(Right) goes over the last minute details for her new house with Construction Manager Scott Cearing of Dyer. | Jeff Addison ~ Sun -Times Media
For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, call 923-7265, visit www.Nwihabitat.org or email at Habitat@nwihabitat.org.
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:14AM
Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana recently dedicated its 58th house, which is also serving as a model home and extended office.
At a ceremony held April 11, volunteers, residents and supporters of Habitat for Humanity joined executive director Daniel Klein in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the model home/office, which has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen/conference room that will be available to area organizations and groups to use.
The home is adjacent to the ReStore resale shop at 3777 Colfax St. It will house office support staff and will serve as a model of a newly constructed Habitat home.
“Our goal is to provide the community with a first-hand experience of what a Habitat home potentially looks and feels like,” Klein said.
Klein added that the idea to expand with a model home came during the renovation of the ReStore, the original home of which was lost to a tornado three years ago. Once the new ReStore was built, it became clear more space was needed. A construction building was also built.
Donations of furniture and assistance from numerous volunteers helped in the building of the model home.
Habitat board president Bob Johnson said every time he attends something for Habitat, he is humbled by the devotion and dedication of volunteers, churches, builders and others who put in hours of work.
“We have taken opportunities to make a difference in families’ lives who partner with Habitat for a brand new start,” Johnson said.
Klein said that in 2012, seven homes — four rehabilitated and three new structures — were completed for seven partnership families.
Linda Cobbs of Gary will celebrate her new Habitat home April 26. Her home is in the 600 block of Tyler Street, across from Holy Angels Cathedral and the original Thea Bowman Academy.
“I’ve lived with my sister in Merrillville for 10 years,” she said. “I saw an ad last year for applicants for a Habitat home and applied. My boss has been praying for me to find a home and the prayers were answered.”
Lakisha Davie of Hammond will celebrate having a new home in June. She will live with her three children ages 16, 13 and 10.
“My best friend in Chicago heard about the applications last year on the radio and told me to check it out. I was slow about it and she reminded me. I am glad she stayed on me and now I am being blessed,” she said.