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GIDA Habitat Prepares to Build Ninth House

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Greater Indianapolis Disciples Association (GIDA) Habitat is getting geared up to build its ninth house since organizing in 2000.  The 2009 Build on Faith home will be built on 2223 Morgan in west Indianapolis.  The build begins on October 7, 2009.

Rose Nderitu is originally from Kenya and is now a single mother. She and her children will work on the build and then own the home.  She says, “I have been working hard to support my children, and I have also been involving them in being responsible by handling some light chores at home.

“As long as God has given me good health, I will always pray that he may also give me the will and ability to work and be there and provide for my children. I also believe and trust that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis will be an answer to my prayers.” 

When GIDA Habitat was first organized the group was able to raise the funds for each house themselves. The cost to build a Habitat house is now $70,000, and natural disasters have increased demand for building supplies.  GIDA Habitat is now only able to support one-third of the cost of a home or less.  The group seeks help from Disciple congregations in Greater Indianapolis to contribute funds to the project or prepare meals during the build.

Eligibility for a Habitat home involves a long process of learning and dedication by the prospective family. One family member has to be employed. Applicants have to take classes and counseling that Habitat provides, and they invest their sweat equity by working on the construction of the house. They will be required to pay on a small non-interest mortgage.

Currently, about nine of the 33 churches in the Greater Indianapolis area participate in the Habitat build.  Due to the generosity of those churches, GIDA Habitat reached its goal last year.

The dedication of the home is planned for November 20 or 21 .  Workers are needed for approximately 72 half-day slots.  Prayers, breakfast and lunch are always provided.  The adult family members work on the home every day, so volunteers have the opportunity to meet and work alongside the people that will be living in the home. 

A donation of time or money can make a huge difference in the life of a family. Consider organizing a fund-raiser or organizing workers. To volunteer to work or to make a donation, contact Chris Wittenmeier at or Sarah Murphy at


Written by ccindiananews

August 18, 2009 at 9:45 am

Posted in Mission, News

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