Smiling for the camera are some of those who were instrumental leading up to the groundbreaking of the Habitat for Humanity house and family members: Gary Norstad, steering committee treasurer; Dustin Adreon; Mayor Bill Ketchum; Carol Johnson, steering committee secretary, lunch coordinator; Jeremy Hunze, Thrivent Builds Representative; Sara Marquardt, chair, steering committee; Carin Minelli, family partner, steering committee chair; Missy Adreon, Wayne Adreon, Domenic Adreon; (front) Austan Adreon; Destany Adreon; Kaiden Adreon; Javin Adreon. Photo by Ruth Hanson
By Ruth Hanson
Bitter cold weather did not deter a determined group of people from breaking ground for Dodge Center's Habitat for Humanity House on Sunday afternoon.
"This is a new beginning as we look ahead," Pastor Dale Rood said in his invocation.
"We build houses and hope," Patricia McCleese, Habitat Program Manager, responded.
"In eight months we will be back dedicating the home with a special welcome to the Adreon family," Jeremy Hunze, Thrivent Builds Representative, said. He reminded them that Thrivent Builds had contributed $65,000, half the construction cost, in a grant and that the McNeilus developer had given the lot.
He pointed across the street to the Triton School that the Adreon children attend.
Bill Ketchum, Mayor of Dodge Center, welcomed the family and said he hopes a neighborhood park will soon be built close by.
"Almighty God, strengthen our efforts to build adequate and affordable homes," Carol Johnson, DC Steering Committee Chair, prayed.
Carin Minelli, Family Partner and Chair of the Family Selection Committee, read from the Gospel of Matthew.
The people gathered for the groundbreaking sang "Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live...where peace and justice meet."
Sara Marquardt, Steering Committee Chair, lad in the reading of Psalm 33.
The people who were gathered prayed together..."Gracious and loving God...we ask your blessing on the house that is to be constructed here, and on the people who will build it."
Pastor Rood gave the benediction.
The Adreon family - Missy and Wayne and the six children - and the leaders of the local Habitat for Humanity Committee held their gold shovels and smiled for the photographer. They would smile again on a December day when their house was ready.
The groundbreaking was the culmination of several months of planning and work, as evidenced by the large pile of building materials on the ground behind them. It will be one of three Habitat for Humanity Houses to be built in Dodge County, two with grants from Thrivent.
The families must be local people who plan to live in the community. They will receive an interest free mortgage from Habitat for Humanity, which they will be required to repay.
"The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to provide decent, affordable housing for families in need," Hunze said. "Each person in the family who is 18 or more must contribute at least 200 hours of sweat equity. We encourage other people to contribute money or to do volunteer work. They can contact rahh.org for more information or call 507-252-0849. We are waiting for the weather to break to get construction started."