Lindsay Reed was on an apartment-hunting excursion when her phone rang. It was her mother, with the news that a letter had arrived from LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH). “Shall I open it?” her mother asked.
“Go ahead,” Reed replied. The news in the letter? Reed and her 2½-year-old son had been selected by LCHFH to be their next homeowner. “I was ecstatic,” she said.
Reed, a Prairie Heights graduate who is only a few months away from earning a B.S. in Business Administration, is an operations specialist at Staffmark. “I’m so thankful for what I’ve been given: the chance to earn a degree, a good job, and now this,” she stated.
The newest Habitat home is located north of Stroh and is a resale home for the Reed family. The first task has been removal of items and debris from the home, followed in future weeks by cleanup, painting, and general repairs.
Reed has dreams for her new home. “I can’t wait for us to be on our own. I want to cook healthy meals, including vegetables from our own garden.” She hopes to plant lots of tomatoes in her garden for her own cook-from-scratch spaghetti and pizza sauces. “Oh, and maybe get a dog someday,” she added.
For now, Reed’s immediate plans are to complete her sweat equity hours. After Saturday, she needs about 75 more hours. So far, she has cleaned out the LCHFH trailer, stuffed envelopes, attended financial education classes, prepared brochures for the auction publicity, and, of course, worked on her own future home.
“We had an awesome group of volunteers recently,” Executive Director Mont Arnold reported. “Lake Bethel Mennonite Church provided both manpower and the lunch for the work day.”
Judging by the loaded dumpster, the wallpaper floating from the volunteers’ scrapers and the smell of Lysol in the kitchen, it was a good day.
For volunteer information, visit the website at www.lagrangehabitat.org or call 260-463-8519.