Habitat founder returns for panel build and reception

2014-05-01T00:00:00Z Habitat founder returns for panel build and receptionTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 01, 2014 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana will host a Panel Build from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until panels are completed) Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church's south parking lot, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster.

Call (219) 838-3131 for more information or to participate. Families and children 11 and older may participate in the build with proof of health insurance and a signed waiver of liability. Power tools will not be used.

Volunteers will gather to construct 25 panels which will become the walls of a new home for a qualified Habitat family.

As a special highlight, the Rev. Richard Rogers will return to Munster for this "build." Rogers started the affiliate while ministering at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster. He invited Millard Fuller, Habitat International founder, to speak at Sunday Service, then formed a committee and started Lake County Habitat for Humanity. The first house was built in Hammond, and Rogers continued building houses and ministering at Westminster for more than 30 years.

Fuller came to NWI to inspire local churches to join in providing homes for the poor through volunteer service and "sweat equity," requiring the new homeowner to assist with 300 hours of volunteer service in their home construction and on the next home construction for another family. More than 60 homes have been built in Lake County, from Gary to Lowell.

A special reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundayu at the Habitat for Humanity Administrative Offices and Model Home adjacent to the Habitat ReStore, 77 Colfax St., Gary, to greet the Rev. and Mrs. Rogers, who are retired and live in Texas.

“We are honored to have a chance to speak with Dick and hear stories about our Habitat affiliate’s history,” said Dan Klein, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of NWI.

The affiliate's new conference room will be dedicated to Rogers and community members are welcome. There is no charge to attend, but call (219) 923-7265.

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