INDIANAPOLIS – The 2013 United Methodist-Habitat for Humanity partnered build began Sept. 4, in the Brightwood neighborhood on Indy’s eastside. The team, made up of volunteers from 22 Indianapolis area United Methodist churches and UM-related Metro Ministries, are working with future homeowner Shanekqua Hickenbottom and her young son Keshawn Thomas, whose home they will partner to build.

The home will be built with the Hickenbottom family at 2407 Adams Street and once again this annual buildbe led by Phil and Susy Myers, members of Castleton UMC, of Phil Myers Custom Homes.

The house is scheduled to be completed and dedicated by the end of October. Metro-Ministries and the 22 churches have donated $70,000 for the project and will give hundreds of hours of volunteer time.

Ted Mosey, Habitat for Humanity for Greater Indianapolis faith relations coordinator, commented, “I am excited to get the work underway. Sign-ups for volunteering, devotions and lunches have all been great.”

United Methodist volunteers held a kick-off party with the Hickenbottom family Sept. 3 at Castleton United Methodist Church.

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From left, Lisa Morris, executive director of Metro-Ministries Indianapolis, future Habitat homeowner Shanekqua Hickenbottom , her son Keshawn Thomas and Doris Clark, board president of Metro-Ministries pose during the Sept. 3 kickoff event at Castleton UMC, one of 22 build team UMCs.