It takes a village to deconstruct and then reconstruct a LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH) home. And, that village came together to celebrate Saturday during the dedication of house #23, which was resurrected in partnership with the Bill Dingley family.
Who are the members of this village? Neighbors, fellow church members, coworkers, volunteers, LCHFH personnel, family, and friends. More than 70 of them toured the home during the open house, the largest turnout in the history of the local affiliate.
Perhaps these numbers reflect the effort that was involved in this project. LCHFH Executive Director Mont Arnold praised the community: “We had excellent participation, from food to volunteers.”
Homeowner Bill Dingley expressed the same sentiment. “I can only say thank you to the community and to our church, Shore Mennonite. There were too many people to list. Some volunteered on the site, others provided the food, and others (Howe United Methodist) provided a place for many of our meals.”
As soon as the ceremony ended, the family began the move-in process. Friends from the church had loaded their vehicles with household goods, and a pass-along brigade began unloading and then carrying items into the house immediately.
In the village of Howe, a very happy family slept in their new home on Saturday night.