Huntington County Habitat for Humanity's latest project is a home that will rise, quite literally, from the ashes.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the home, held on July 31, took place on a swath of green grass at 66 Green Hill Court where the structure will be located.
Just a couple of years ago, a house was located on that same lot, home to a young family.
But on Nov. 17, 2010, that home was destroyed by fire. Its occupants, Zach and Alisha Kindler and their children, eventually moved on to a new home. But they say the support they received from the community immediately after the fire inspired them to make a gift of the ground to Habitat for Humanity.
"So many people helped," says Zach Kindler, a Huntington firefighter.
"We had felt so humbled by the amount of support, the amount of love, the amount of care," Alisha Kindler says.
Because of the blessings they received, they say, they decided to make a gift of the ground in order to pay that support forward to someone else.
Once the structure is completed, it will become home to Melissa Upton and Ashley Upton, who will each put in 250 hours of "sweat equity." They will pay a 20-year mortgage with no interest.
Anyone interested in participating in the build should contact Habitat for Humanity at 356-7425.
Complete caption: Zach Kindler (right) explains why his family decided to donate the land for Huntington County Habitat for Humanity’s 25th home during a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Tuesday, July 31. The shovel crew includes (from left) Jean Wright, executive director of Huntington County Habitat for Humanity; Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters; Sue Wilhelm, a member of the Habitat board; Melissa Upton and Ashley Upton, who will live in the home at 66 Green Hill Court; and Joe Burgess, president of the Habitat board.