INDIANAPOLIS – More than 40 volunteers from central Indiana United Methodist churches began planning their third Habitat for Humanity build for this summer during their first meeting at Meridian Street UMC on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Ted Mosey of the Greater Indianapolis Habitat for Humanity announced the group would be partnering with Evonne Jones, a single mother with three children, who works at Methodist Hospital.
The Jones family has committed to working 450 hours on their home and paying off an interest-free mortgage. The four-bedroom build is planned for 739 State Street in the Fountain Square neighborhood a few blocks north of the Fletcher Place Community Center.
According to Mosey, the house is not free to the homeowners. They are truly homeowners who pay around $350 a month on a 30-year interest-free loan. Their down payment is 450 hours of sweat equity on the house and classes on home ownership and family financing.
Mosey said so far $25,000 has been committed, but $70,000 is needed for the build, which will hopefully be raised by the end of April so that construction can begin in September.
The home build has a spiritual element as well. Each work day begins with a devotion led by a pastor or lay volunteer from one of the churches. Each homeowner is presented a Bible during dedication services, when homeowners receive the key to their new house.
This past year, 22 central Indiana UM churches and the Salin Bank worked together to build a home for a family living just southwest of downtown. (Click on January 2011 issue of Together at www.inumc.org/together.)
To join the build or for more information, contact Ted Mosey at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 317-921-2121 ext. 126. For pictures of previous Habitat builds and information about the organization, visit www.indyhabitat.org.