With the help of DePauw University students, rose bushes were planted, yards raked and flowers planted. The Habitat residents received gloves, rakes, shovels, hoes, garden tools, landscaping timbers, six packets of seeds and a rose bush donated by local vendors.
Each of the eight homes in the neighborhood in Roachdale were given the items from Habitat, who received donations from Roachdale Hardware, Building Supply, Wal-Mart, Black Lumber, Ace Hardware and Town and Country in Crawfordsville.
The group of neighbors has become good friends. They help each other out in many ways.
"We don't have millions of dollars, however we have million dollar friends," smiled Habitat board member and homeowner Tammy Folck.
She announced that Habitat is taking name suggestions for the neighborhood that currently has eight houses and a ninth one underway. Anyone interested in suggesting a name can contact the Habitat office. Board members will vote on the name and Folck will go before the Roachdale Town Council for approval.
"We're also looking for land in Cloverdale to build a Habitat House. Anyone who would like to donate land and receive an in-kind tax credit can contact us," she said.
Habitat -- through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials -- builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowners. The houses are sold at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
Today, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide.
The organization is always looking for volunteers to help with the project and for donations of needed supplies.
Anyone who would like to volunteer or make a donation can contact Habitat at 765-653-5360 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Putnam County Habitat for Humanity Inc. is located at 620 Tennessee St., Greencastle. For volunteer information call 765-653-5360.