Dottie Schauss | Havens Family Build

This Habitat home is the 537th built in Evansville and the 1st home in St. Theresa Place, Habitat’s 14-home subdivision!  The house is sponsored by Dottie Schauss and the Havens Family.  Thanks to their generosity, Brooke and her family will have an affordable home to call their own.  They will be able to make new memories, build a solid foundation, and grow financial stability.

Dottie Schauss is a longtime supporter and friend of Habitat Evansville. Dottie’s generosity has made a huge impact on families like Brooke’s, but Dottie has also touched every single Habitat family for years by gifting each one with a toolkit to repair their own home.

Jim and Carol Havens have also continuously dedicated their time, talents and resources to the Habitat mission. Without their generosity, we would not have out Learning Center, where financial literacy and homeownership classes are taught, or the Red Bookcase project. They also assisted in the building of this beautiful home! We thank the Havens family and Dottie Schauss for their continued support and gracious contributions.

Meet Homeowner, Brooke O.

“I really appreciate everyone for believing in people and believing in change.  You [donors] are definitely a God-send.  It’s easy to turn away with what you have, but for you to step up to the plate and say, ‘It’s bigger than a credit score,’ and to see people and their lives … it’s a great example of God’s love, and how he loves us.  It makes me cry. Thank you.”

Brooke O.
Habitat Homeowner

Read Homeowner Brooke’s Story

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Phase Progress

  • Phase 1

    Homesite Selection

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

  • Phase 2


    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


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

  • Phase 8


    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


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