Thank You Lutherans for Habitat!
~ Celebrating 30 Homes ~
Please enjoy this photo gallery of Lutherans for Habitat builds through the years. Captions visible when photos expanded.
Lutherans for Habitat Build
La Shanda’s home is the 30th Habitat house sponsored by Lutherans for Habitat! Thank you to this generous, community-minded group for supporting the Habitat ministry for so many years. Your contributions and good works have helped 30 local families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. You have built homes from the ground up alongside these homeowners, listened to their stories, and shared in their families’ excitement on home dedication day. Thank you for making the dream of homeownership a reality for 30 hardworking, loving families!
History: 30 Homes Across Four Decades
Since the early ’90s, the Lutherans for Habitat group has been dedicated to sponsoring one home per year for deserving families working their way through the Habitat program. Lutherans for Habitat began thirty years ago in large part due to the efforts of one man with a passion for Habitat’s mission, Rev. Richard Miller, who aside from founding Lutherans for Habitat, chaired their committee for years. The very first home Lutherans for Habitat sponsored was dedicated in 1993 with Cynthia Bennett as homeowner. Today, Cynthia is the Student and Family Support Coordinator for the Academy of Innovative Studies, and her daughter, Dr. Christina Bennett, works for Deaconess and is an adjunct professor at the IU School of Medicine. Additionally, Cynthia’s son is married with a family in Florida, sits on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors in his local community, and works for CSX.
Since their first sponsorship, numerous local Lutherans have dedicated their time and energy into pivotal Habitat projects like New Haven, the Glenwood Community Initiative, and our Blitz Builds. They also helped Habitat for Humanity of Evansville reach the huge milestone of building 500 Habitat homes through the Transforming Lives, Changing Neighborhoods campaign.
We look forward to many more years of partnership. Thank you Lutherans for Habitat!
Meet Habitat Homeowner, La Shanda.
“For me, owning a Habitat house will mean that my daughter will have a home that she can grow up in. Thank you for helping me and for giving my daughter a place to call home. Without Habitat, that wouldn’t have happened.”
Homeowner selects homesite from available Habitat lots. Homeowners are paired with their sponsor.
During the groundbreaking, the foundation is completed and the block work is laid.
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.
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.
Volunteers install windows and doors.
Plumbing, electric, insulation, and dry wall are installed.
Pre-insulation is installed on exterior walls, doors, windows, ceiling, and floors. Baffles are put in to circulate airflow.
Volunteers paint the walls and ceiling. Corners and edges are cut out first, then roll the ceilings, and then the walls.
Cabinets and countertops installed.
Later, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washer & dryer are installed.
Trim around windows and doors are completed. Interior doors are also installed. Vinyl and carpet are laid.
Exterior concrete parking pad and sidewalks are poured.
The yard is prepared for grass seed sewing.
Homeowner and community members come together to bless and dedicate the home, complete with a ribbon cutting.