INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church recently gave Habitat for Humanity of Indiana $100,000 from its Disaster Recovery Fund to build two homes as part of Habitat Indiana’s disaster recovery project called “Raise the Roof Over Southern Indiana.”

United Methodists will provide both funding and volunteers for the project and are the lead church sponsor of the event. Habitat will build between 10 to 20 homes for families in need of housing after the deadly tornados that swept through the region earlier this year. Homes will be constructed in Henryville and the Madison/Chelsea area for tornado survivors.

United Methodist volunteers from across the state will travel to southern Indiana to build these homes in hopes of completing them in time for Christmas. The United Methodist Church has been a longtime partner of Habitat for Humanity and it is only fitting that they would lead the charge in this rebuilding effort.

If 20 families are identified, the project will cost nearly $1.7 million and will take more than 2,000 volunteers to construct. Habitat construction leaders from affiliates across the state will gather the week of Oct. 8-12 to blitz build the homes (complete the exterior of all homes in a week).

Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner will lead the opening devotions in one of the two United Methodist-sponsored homes.

A Habitat affiliate in every major city in Indiana will participate by sending skilled leaders and tools to make the project happen.

Habitat for Humanity has responded to numerous disasters in the United States and around the world and has served more than 80,000 families impacted by disasters like the one that hit southern Indiana.

Habitat is still searching for families to assist, volunteers to build and funding to pay for the project. If groups or individuals would like to participate, please contact the Habitat for Humanity Indiana office at 317-454-8090 to get more information on how you can help.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that unites people of all races, religions and backgrounds to build homes around the world for families in need. Since its inception, HFHI has built more than 500,000 worldwide, providing more than 2.5 million people with affordable shelter.

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of nearly 1,200 congregations in the state which “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” (Click here for volunteer information.)

For more information, visit www.inumc.org/volunteer.

The Rev. David Powell of Danville, Indiana Conference Disaster Recovery Coordinator, gives a check for $100,000 to Gina Leckron, director of Habitat of Humanity for Indiana.


The United Methodist Church has been a longtime partner of Habitat for Humanity…