Build In Honor of Fr. Ted Tempel

and Robert A. Thompson

This Habitat home is the the 538th built in the Evansville and the 2nd built in St. Theresa Place, a 14-home Habitat subdivision.  The house was sponsored by an anonymous donor in honor of Father Ted Tempel and Robert A. Thompson.

Thank you, Father Ted and Robert, for your many years of service, charitable giving, advocacy, and continued love of our community. You both have made a difference for many, and may this home be a lasting example of love for our neighbors.

“I was a pastor of St. Theresa Parish for 14 years, and I’ve accepted the responsibility of asking friends to help keep the spirit of St. Theresa alive by making a gift to Habitat for Humanity of Evansville. It takes $80,000 to sponsor each one of these houses … so that’s 14 houses times $80,000 which equals $1,120,000. Our goal is to raise that by the end of 2023.”

Father Ted Tempel
Former Pastor of St. Theresa Parish

Meet Homeowner, Neakeba D.

“This Habitat house will mean so much!  It will mean that I’m a home owner; that I’ve done it!  I will know that I have a house that I’ve paid off … and it will be mine.  My kids will be able to play outside in our yard, and have their own rooms.  We could even have a dog. I’m excited that we won’t have to go up and down flights of steps with our groceries … and mostly, I’m looking forward to just waking up every day in a house that I will own.”

Neakeba D.
Habitat Homeowner

Read Neakeba’s Story

Donation Goal
Volunteer Goal
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.