An artist's rendering of what the suites will look like on the third floor of the Eagles Theatre. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
Two local organizations made presentations Tuesday, Feb. 14, before the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority for local projects.
Representatives from the Honeywell Foundation made a presentation seeking a $996,567 grant for the Eagles Theatre renovation project.
In addition, representatives from the Wabash River Trail made a presentation seeking $960,236 for the trail project in Lagro.
On Friday Aug. 1, Habitat Partner Homeowner Barb Wood came into the office to pay her monthly house payment. This was a special payment in that she actually wrote a bigger check than usually so that she could pay off her mortgage. This is a very exciting occasion, not just for Barb, but for Habitat as well. Barb is the first Wabash County Habitat Partner Homeowner to pay off her no-profit, zero interest mortgage.
To mark this momentous occasion, Barb shredded her mortgage in the office shredder. Congratulations to Barb and thank you to the community for making Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to turn the dream of homeownership into reality!
In 1994 Barbara and her three children were living in the basement of her mother’s home. Her pastor took Barb’s sons on a weeklong Habitat build project. When he returned, he encouraged Barb to contact the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Wabash County. With some trepidation, she did make the call and completed the lengthy application. On March 5, 1995, Barb received a phone call,
“I can still remember that day clearly,” Wood said. “The man on the other end said he was calling to tell me that I would be Wabash County Habitat for Humanity’s next homeowner. I hung up and asked my mom, ‘Did he say they were going to build a house for me?’ I called right back and he said yes you are going to be the next family we will build a house with. It was too good to be true.”
She then went to her pastor’s home to share the exciting news and thank him for encouraging her to apply to Habitat’s program. March 5 happens to be Barb’s birthday; she received a birthday present in 1995 that changed her and her children’s life. In September that same year, Barb and her children moved from her mother’s basement to their new three bedroom home in North Manchester.
When asked what impact being a Habitat Homeowner had on her and her children’s life, Barb replied “I don’t have words to express how grateful I am. I can’t describe what it is like to buy my own home; it meant safety and security for my children.”
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian ministry that provides affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income residents. Habitat Partner Homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat through a no-profit, zero-interest mortgage. Habitat volunteers work alongside the future homeowners in the construction of their new home.
If you would like more information about Habitat for Humanity, how to become a Habitat Partner Homeowner, or to support Habitat’s work as a volunteer or donor, contact Steve Miller at 260-563-9188. Wabash County’s Habitat for Humanity office is located at 375 Manchester Avenue in Wabash.
You can also keep up-to-date with Habitat on the web at www.wabashhabitat.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WabashCountyHabitat.