Habitat for Humanity Builds New Home for Veteran

By Melissa Crash

Published 06/28 2014 04:15PM

Updated 06/28 2014 11:30PM

In Terre Haute, if you drive around the streets, it's noticeable that there's a need for housing for low income families.

But volunteers are stepping up to help try and make a difference in the community, and they are making one veterans dream, a reality.

Volunteers are hard at work, not just at one house location, but at two. For the first time in at least 10 years the Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity is building two houses at the same time.

Patrick Brown, the construction manager for both projects said, "There's a lot of need for housing for low income families, and you know, that's what we do."

They want to take on both projects because of the need for housing in the community. Habitat has helped provide homes for more than 50 families in the Valley.

Each Habitat for Humanity house cost approximately 60 thousand dollars. The organization depends on local donors, volunteers, and the re-store on Wabash to keep helping the community.

"It's a great feeling, I've been doing this for seven years and it just keeps getting better. You know, its the same. We keep building houses, but it's still a good feeling when you hand over the keys," said Brown.

Daniel Wakefield, a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, is one the house recipients. As of right now, he isn't able to get around in his current home because of his wheelchair. But this opportunity will allow him to do things he hasn't been able to for a long time.

"We'll go in there, and we'll hopefully live, I know we're going to live better because it's hard here," said Wakefield.

Once construction is complete, Wakefield says Habitat for Humanity is putting an American flag in his front yard, to remind him of his journey and what other veterans have gone through.

"And I want all the veterans, especially those who've helped, I'm very humble, happy, and excited, but I feel like it's their home too," said Wakefield.

Volunteers will put in close to a thousand hours working on the new home for Wakefield and his wife.

"So, I'm really in a humble position, because I owe everybody, everything," said Wakefield.

Habitat for Humanity is currently looking for skilled and un-skilled volunteers to help them complete both houses on time.

If you would like more information, officials said to call the main office at 812-235-5914.

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