Building begins for CountryMark-Habitat for Humanity home in Posey County

Mar 18 2016

CountryMark and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville recently announced that the local community stepped up to the challenge, matching a $40,000 gift from CountryMark, helping drive construction of a new Habitat home for a needy family in Mt. Vernon, Ind.

“With this overwhelming support from the community, construction on the CountryMark sponsored home can begin, which will provide a wonderful new home for a Mt. Vernon family, as well as builds a stronger and more beautiful Mt. Vernon community,” said Pat Ward, vice president of operations at CountryMark.  

On January 20, CountryMark committed $80,000 to help build two Habitat for Humanity homes in Posey County through a matching gift campaign. Once $40,000 in local contributions was met, construction on the first Habitat-CountryMark home would begin.

While the early stages of construction began weeks ago, CountryMark employees are looking forward to putting their carpenter skills to test this Saturday, March 19 at the site of the new home at 1125 E. 2nd St. in Mt. Vernon.

In addition, future Habitat homeowner Barb Lochmueller will be onsite to put hammer to nail in building her home as well.

Since she began her partnership with Habitat, Lochmueller said she has enjoyed getting to know all those involved and is very excited to start building her own home.

“It’s given me hope and something to look forward to,” she said.

Lochmueller, a retired nutritional specialist has a teenage son, Trevor and has struggled to find affordable housing for her family. With her new home, she is looking forward to reasonable utility bills and tackling everyday household projects including planting a garden this spring.

“It will just be a relief,” she added. “It’s mine, I can take care of it, keep it clean and decorate it the way I want. This will change my whole life.”

Construction on Lochmueller’s new home is expected to reach completion late this spring.

The CountryMark donation as announced in January consists of two $40,000 gifts designed through a matching program to help build two Habitat homes in the Mt. Vernon community.

Now that the first gift is complete, Habitat will begin accepting donations up to $40,000 to meet the second matching gift from CountryMark.

To make a donation or to learn how to be more involved with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, click hereIn addition, potential homeowners and Habitat applicants are encouraged to call 812-423-5623 for more information or to submit an application.

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