Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 11, 2014

Families approved for Habitat homes

Three families approved, sponsors needed

Goshen News

---- — WARSAW —The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County recently approved three families to receive homes.

The families are John and Londa Lewis; Andrea Wagner and her son; and Jacob and Nichole Roberson and their children.

Habitat has three main criteria that applicants must meet to become a partner family: there must be a need; there must be an ability to repay; and the family must be willing to partner with Habitat by completing “sweat equity” hours and other requirements.

More than 20 years ago John and Londa Lewis inherited a house that was already close to 100 years old. The house had very little insulation, according to Habitat officials, and is a utility nightmare for the Lewis family; electric and gas payments averaged more than $450 a month this winter. Once the existing house has been demolished and the new Habitat built home constructed, the Lewis family projected to have a total monthly housing expense less than that average utility bill.

John works for a packaging company while Londa is the lab tech at the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County.

Andrea Wagner and her son have been shuffling between apartments in the same complex for more than two years. They have been paying more than 30 percent of the family’s income toward their housing cost, a figure deemed by Habitat as unsustainable.

Andrea works within the Warsaw Community School system. She and her son are candidates for the Habitat development on East Market Street.

Jacob and Nichole Roberson and their six children have been living with parents and grandparents for more than two years.

Habitat officials say that based on the age and gender of the children, the Roberson home will be a five-bedroom house, the largest Habitat has ever undertaken in Kosciusko County. Jacob has been an employee at Dalton Corp. for more than eight years and is a leader in Scouting, while Nichole is an active student, mom and involved in Scouting as well.

The Robersons are the Partner Family for the proposed Body of Christ Build, which is Habitat’s goal to bring at least 15 churches from the county together to build the home in the North Webster area.

At present Habitat does not have property available to build on in North Webster and is looking for an advocate or two who might have a prospective property. Anyone interested should call 574-269-4104 with any leads.

According to the agency, Habitat is working to obtain house sponsorships for these homes as well as future homes. For more information on being a house sponsor, donor or volunteer, go to www.kosciuskohabitat.com or call 574-269-4104.