An airtight home. A new furnace. What could be more relevant to a father than these two items during this week of record low January temperatures? That’s what Bill Dingley, soon-to-be homeowner of LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity’s 23rd house, is looking forward to this week.
Saturday, Jan. 11, is the big day. The community is invited to an open house beginning at 11 a.m. and culminating at 2 p.m. with the dedication of the home, located at 701 N. Sixth St. in Howe.
The boxes are packed in the Dingleys’ current home. The trucks will be loaded on Saturday morning and the family will move in following the dedication ceremony, with the assistance of their friends from the Shore Mennonite Church.
“Our church family has been with us from Day 1 through demolition, meal-providing, renovation, and painting,” Dingley commented. “And they will finish by helping us move on Saturday.”
“One hundred and twenty volunteers helped in the demolition and reconstruction of LCHFH’s first NRI home,” according to Mont Arnold, executive director. “About 30 of these are new names in our volunteer record book.”
“This number reflects two to three times more volunteer hours than are typically expended on a stick-built home,” he added. “The community interest in the project and the expansion of our volunteer base are two huge pluses for our organization.”
For the Dingley children, the plus is each having their own room. There were “Hello Kitty” and “Princess” and various other décor items under the Dingley Christmas tree this year.
Besides the space and the heat, the family also gains a garage and more square-footage than a stick-built home would have provided. The cost to the family is considerably less than it would have been with a new home of comparable size.
What else will be new for the Dingleys? A lawn to mow. After the January freeze is forgotten, Bill and his family will need to purchase a lawn mower. That shouldn’t be difficult for Bill. After all, he is employed by Wana Engine and RV Center.
A warm furnace in January. A beautiful lawn in June. A fresh start for a LaGrange family. See for yourself this Saturday.