CROWN POINT | Rebuilding Together of South Lake County board members met recently to honor several hard-working people who helped make its year successful.

The organization made significant improvements on 11 houses for homeowners in need in 2012. Rebuilding Together South Lake County President Mitch Barloga boasted about the group accomplishments and highlighted each house project.

He also presented three local businesses with plaques to acknowledge their specific contributions over the years: Tri-Creek Lumber, Walsh Construction and Geisen Funeral Homes.

“Tri Creek Lumber, Walsh Construction and Geisen Funeral Homes have been so generous. We wouldn’t have been able to do so much without them. It’s wonderful to see local businesses who care so much about the needs of our communities,” said Rebuilding Together board member Sue Peterson, also town administrator for the Town of Lowell.

Award recipient Larry Geisen said the volunteers receive as much as the recipients. “It is our pleasure to help out this group. I’ve been a volunteer for Rebuilding Together through the Crown Point Rotary, and it’s a rewarding experience to work on a house," her said.

"Seeing the immediate impact our volunteer work has on a family is special,” added Geisen, who also sponsors Rebuilding Together of South Lake County's annual dinner at the Geisen Reception Centre.

The organization will rebuild and repair houses for homeowners in need in the Merrillville community on Sept. 21 this year. “We’re always seeking donations to help fund our projects, and also volunteers to help us that day. Those who volunteer see for themselves what an impact this can make in a person’s life,” Peterson added.

For more information, donation opportunities or to volunteer, call Barloga at (219) 763-6060, ext. 133.