CountryMark and Mt. Vernon Community Complete Habitat Home for Church Leaders
If Second Street in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, seems a little brighter and friendlier today, it isn’t your imagination. Two very happy residents have arrived with a tremendous amount of community support.
This week, Reverend Myers Hyman and his wife, Anna, are moving into their new home on Second Street, a home that was built by the Hymans and dozens of community volunteers through the Habitat for Humanity program.
“Our mission at Habitat for Humanity is to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope,” said Jim Bartlett, a local Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Since 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Evansville has built more than 425 homes in Posey and Vanderburgh counties.
“What this organization is able to accomplish for individual families and the community is just amazing,” said Pat Ward, CountryMark Vice President of Operations. “In the course of building each home, volunteers learn not only how to build a home, but how to build a stronger community. Leadership, collaboration and compassion are all valuable by-products of the Habitat for Humanity home-building experience.”
The Hyman’s home was sponsored by CountryMark and the Mt. Vernon Ministerial Association. CountryMark has been a sponsor of three Habitat for Humanity homes over the past three years.
“Mt. Vernon is where many of our employees live and work,” said CountryMark employee Brenda Falb. “Being able to work side-by-side with co-workers and make our community a better place to live is just a tremendously rewarding experience.”
Habitat for Humanity volunteers started working on the Hyman’s three-bedroom ranch home more than seven months ago. The Hymans invested 300 hours of sweat equity and, in return, they received the keys to a beautiful new home with a 25-year, zero-interest mortgage.
The Hyman’s application was selected by Habitat for Humanity in 2012. Myers and Anna’s service to their community made than an ideal candidate for the program. In 2007, the Hyman’s opened the At The Cross Mission, which seeks to provide support services to those in need, specifically with their kitchen and food pantry. On a typical night, the Hyman family will serve nearly 100 people in the Mt. Vernon community, thanks to the support of volunteers and community donations. This ministry is what they consider a calling, and something that is very close to their hearts.
As a partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, the Hymans, who have been married for more than 40 years, will now own their first new home through an affordable monthly mortgage.
“We thank the Lord for this opportunity,” said Myers. “We’ve been praying about it for years.”
Click here to learn more about you can be involved with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville.