On Friday, June 30th friends, family, and volunteers gathered at 2112 East Black Avenue to celebrate Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County’s (HFHSC) 106th home build – called the Central Illinois Presbyterian Build – and home dedication to the family of Kyla Overby and Tim Anders.
The build, which kicked off on April 9th, required 500 sweat equity hours, providing Kyla and Tim an opportunity to work alongside the 300 volunteers that helped build their home. Amongst those volunteers were students participating in the 25th annual UIS Springfest, which is coordinated by the UIS Student Activities Committee and offers a way for them to give back to the community through the Student Activities Committee Springfest Service Project.
The handicap-accessible home brings new hope and a fresh start to this family in need. “I imagine a nice craft room in one of the bedrooms, a big garden in the backyard, and maybe even bushes and fruit trees,” said Kyla. Along with their new home, HFHSC has continued its partnership with the Central Illinois Food Bank and stocked the family’s pantry with a week’s worth of food making the transition that much easier.
“Habitat for Humanity is proud to have the support of so many community partners,” said Colleen Stone, executive director of HFHSC. “Together we are building houses and building hope for families, like Kyla and Tim, in Sangamon County.”
Photo Credit: HFHSC volunteer Steve Sullivan