INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to Central Indiana United Methodist Churches, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis finished the Hickenbottom home and blessed it Oct. 26. It was a special morning that could not have been possible without the pastors, members and friends of 23 Greater Indianapolis United Methodist churches. The build began Sept. 4.

At the home blessing, participants celebrated the hard work that Shanekqua Hickenbottom had invested into the Habitat program. The next chapter will come as she, a single mom with a young son, starts her journey as a homeowner. Every home blessing is unique and you can see glimpses of how God is using our work and collective efforts. Here are a few observations from Shanekqua’s home blessing:

Shanekqua is the 13th Habitat homeowner in a two-block area of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood during the past two years. As one drives through the streets, it is easy to see that caring homeowners like Shanekqua positively influence the neighborhood.

Twenty-three United Methodist churches, United Methodist Metro Ministries, United Methodist Foundation of Indiana and a company participated this year. It was easy to see that more than homes have been built over the last four years of partnership; long-lasting relationships have been formed.

While thanking volunteers, Shanekqua talked about how she was reluctant to apply for the program. Being a single mom with two minimum wage jobs, often waking up at 3 a.m. to start her day, Shanekqua said she admittedly had low self-esteem. Since entering the program and building her own home alongside United Methodists, Shanqkua is more driven and feels like she can accomplish anything. While building her home, she even received a promotion at one of her jobs.

United Methodists, thank you for the role you have played in this year’s home build for the Hickenbottoms. We, at Habitat for Humanity, look forward to coming together again in 2014 and serving again.

Ted Mosey serves as Corporate & Faith Relations Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis.


At the home blessing, participants celebrated the hard work that Shanekqua Hickenbottom had invested into the Habitat program.



Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity

INDIANAPOLIS – United Methodist builder Phil Myers of Phil Myers Custom Homes, hugs Shanekqua Hickenbottom with her son Keshawn Thomas following the ribbon cutting at their new Habitat for Humanity home in the Brightwood neighborhood.