2020 Catholics for Habitat Build

For the last 34 years, Catholics from the Evansville Diocese have supported the ministry of Habitat for Humanity of Evansville. Since 2005, a group called Catholics for Habitat has raised home sponsorship funds, recruited volunteers for the build, and helped 13 familes become homeowners. This home, built for Danielle B., will be the 14th home generously sponsored by the Catholics for Habitat. Thank you for all your support!

This Habitat home is also built in honor of the late Susan Weis, a former Habitat employee and chair of Catholics for Habitat from 2010-2016. Susan unfortunately lost her battle with cancer in December 2019 at the age of 47. Susan helped over 80 families become homeowners through her position as Habitat’s Mortgage Administrative Specialist and served hundreds more as a member of the Family Selection Committee. This home is in honor of Susan’s dedication to helping families and the kindness and generosity she brought into the office each day.

Meet the 2020 Catholics for Habitat Build Future Homeowner, Danielle B.

“This home means that I can start a new legacy for my kids. Everything starts at home, and those memories are what’s going to last forever.”

– Danielle B.

Read Danielle’s Story

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  • Phase 1

    Homesite Selection

    Homeowner selects homesite from available Habitat lots. Homeowners are paired with their sponsor.

  • Phase 2

    Groundbreaking

    During the groundbreaking, the foundation is completed and the block work is laid.

  • Phase 3

    Crawl Space and Floor System

    Volunteers install moisture barrier and insulation in crawl space.

    For the floor system, the floor joists are installed, more foam insulation is filled in between joists and band boards, and OSB board is laid for the flooring. Black paper is laid on the two porches to help maintain the longevity of the home.

  • Phase 4

    Walls

    Wall Prep: Volunteers build wall components  (king jack studs, California corners, headers, etc.) and layout 2 x 4 location on the top and bottom plates of each wall.

    Wall Building: Wall components are nailed together on top and bottom plates with 2 x 4s. This is completed for both interior and exterior walls.

    Wall Raising: Volunteers raise, level, and secure the walls. Exterior walls go up first, followed by the interior.

    Trusses: OSB boards are laid on first and last trusses to attach the siding.

  • Phase 5

    Doors and Windows

    Volunteers install windows and doors.

  • Phase 6

    Internal Mechanics

    Plumbing, electric, insulation, and dry wall are installed.

  • Phase 7

    Pre-insulation

    Pre-insulation is installed on exterior walls, doors, windows, ceiling, and floors. Baffles are put in to circulate airflow.

  • Phase 8

    Painting

    Volunteers paint the walls and ceiling. Corners and edges are cut out first, then roll the ceilings, and then the walls.

  • Phase 9

    Cabinets and Appliances

    Cabinets and countertops installed.

    Later, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washer & dryer are installed.

  • Phase 10

    Trim Work and Flooring

    Trim around windows and doors are completed. Interior doors are also installed. Vinyl and carpet are laid.

  • Phase 11

    Exterior Concrete

    Exterior concrete parking pad and sidewalks are poured.

  • Phase 12

    Yard Prep

    The yard is prepared for grass seed sewing.

  • Phase 13

    Dedication

    Homeowner and community members come together to bless and dedicate the home, complete with a ribbon cutting.