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Habitat prepares for auction, 35th family

“Building and renovating houses in partnership with God’s people in need.”  Who are God’s people in need in LaGrange County?  So far, LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity has identified and assisted 34 such families.  That totals out to well over 100 people who have lived in homes that were built of renovate by LCHFH volunteers.

Martha Mast and her four children are next in line for partnership with LCHFH.  “I am looking forward to garden space; cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, and peas are my favorites,” Martha reported with a smile.

How does this home-building program exist?  “Most of our financial support comes through our annual auction,” Mont Arnold, executive director explains.  “This is our one major-fund-raising effort, and we have appreciated the generosity and support of the community during our past eighteen auctions.”

Mast has already begun the process of home-building by working many sweat equity hours on construction-related tasks for other homeowners.  During build days on an “A Brush with Kindness” roof replacement project, for example, she picked up debris, hauled shingles, helped set up the scaffolding, and even took shingles off the roof herself.

For her four children, ranging in age from 9 to 19, living in their own home “still seems kind of far off in the distance.  But, they are looking forward to having more room to spread out.”

The new home, will be located northwest of LaGrange, is slated to be constructed during the late summer of 2014. 

The auction is scheduled for August 1, 2014, and will be held in the Shipshewana Auction Barn.  Auction items include a single buggy, a “Star in Heaven” quilt, a 21” Ariens push mower, furniture including a 42” x 42” table, a pedestal table, a pie safe, a bedroom suite, antiques, quilts, gift certificates, and many other items.  The auction begins at 3:30, with the first quilt to be auctioned at 5:00.

Of course, also receiving star billing is the food:  4-H meat to purchase, bake sale items, fried pies, ice cream, and the famous haystack supper.  Supper is served, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Thanks to the generous support of the community, new homes have been built and existing homes have been renovated and upgraded.  Martha Mast counts herself fortunate to be among the recipients of this generosity.   By next year at this time, the Mast family, partner # 35, will be spreading their wings in another LCHFH home.