Volunteer works so partner families have homes


NASHVILLE, Ind. — In 2009, a friend asked Sandie Jones if she wanted to get involved in Brown County Habitat for Humanity. She said yes.

Now, six years later, Jones will begin her first year on Habitat’s Board of Directors.

Spearheading much of the organization’s social media presence, Jones helped get the word out about Habitat’s inaugural fundraising garage sale this past weekend, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. She put out the initial word for donations through email blasts and Facebook posts, and combined with a couple of advertisements, donations arrived.

“I was really touched by the people that wanted to give us stuff,” she said, explaining that community members dug deep to find their best items to donate. “There’s just a really great group of citizens in this county.”

Brown County Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer group that helps people work off sweat equity into their own homes. In addition, the partner families receive interest-free mortgages from Habitat, so when they make their mortgage payments, they’re paying back Habitat directly, according to Jones.

This year’s partner family is Nathaniel “Chuck” and Rachelle Nash and their three children, Desiree, Jordan and Nate Daniel.

Despite being short on funds because of helping build a new facility for Mother’s Cupboard, the community’s soup kitchen, Habitat leaders “took a leap of faith,” Jones said, and committed to building the house.

“This family really needs help,” she said, explaining that groundbreaking should be in a few weeks to get the family in the house by November. “We’re kinda short on funds, but we really wanted to get the house done.”

Jones believes the funds from this weekend’s sale will help. The goal was to raise $5,000, and even though the tally isn’t in, she’s sure that the group met its goal.

Habitat’s board president, Denny Kubal, decided to have the sale after watching the success of the Brown County Humane Society’s annual barn sale, which was also held this weekend. Once the seed was planted, volunteers jumped in to help make the event a success.

The next big event for Habitat is the Hike for Humanity begins at 11 a.m. on Sept. 26, in front of Nashville Christian Church. Hikers will gather pledges from friends, family and neighbors, and the largest team will earn the Golden Boot award.

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