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Twenty-second Habitat house started in Topeka


Forty volunteers and one day...a winning combination when building a home for LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity’s 25th partner family.

On April 21, Louella Cruea’s home literally sprouted from floor to roof between morning and late afternoon. Kicking off with a ceremony which invoked God’s blessing on the work that was about to be commenced, Cruea then hammered the ceremonial first nail and the volunteers began their work.

In a classic “pay it forward” event, Irene Schmucker and J.D. Thomas, who previously partnered with LCHFH to build a ramp and replace a storm door on their home, provided the mid-morning snack for the volunteers.

Lunch was prepared and served by volunteers from the LaGrange Church of God.

By late afternoon, interior walls were completed, windows had been installed, roof sheathing was attached, and the tar paper was applied.

Work will continue on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 8 a.m. in Topeka, just north of Tiffany’s Restaurant. For more information, call 463-8519 or visit the website at