COLUMBUS GROVE —
Sunday, Aug. 24, was a day of jubilation and a day of celebration as the
seventh Putnam County Habitat for Humanity (HfH) home was dedicated.
family Jodi Young’s friends and relatives, as well as Columbus Grove
community members and volunteers, all gathered for the ceremony at her
new home. It was one of the largest crowds to come together for a HfH
More than 125 volunteers officially contributed 2,200+
hours of labor for the home; many more hours were donated behind the
scenes. Putnam County Habitat for Humanity requires partner families,
including their family and friends, to work 350 hours of sweat equity.
OVERSET FOLLOWS:Jodi and her relatives and compatriots logged over 500 hours.
Phoebe, Rebecca and Micah Flores and Nic Wright provided special music
for the event. The songs were expressly selected for or by Jodi to
commemorate the day.
Ms. Young’s family members, sister-in-laws
Lori, Jen, and Lindsay Rieman, and brother, Brian Rieman took part by
reading scripture, giving the greeting, and leading a litany. Columbus
Grove Mayor Ken Wright welcomed Ms. Young to the community and thanked
Habitat for Humanity for building in the village. “This home becomes a
monument to all those who gave hours and hours (of their time and
talents),” he commented.
Pastor Nestor Reyes, from the Leipsic
Harvest Assemble of God, was on hand to bless the home. Reyes, who grew
up in Paterson, New Jersey, has a personal connection to HfH. His family
had one of the first Habitat homes in the town. Reyes firmly believes
he would not be where he is in his life, if not for Habitat.
and Susan Basinger, Ms. Young’s advocates throughout the building
process, presented her with a Bible from the affiliate, and a stained
glass cross which was hand-crafted by Ron Verhoff. The Basingers have
known Jodi since grade school, as she was one of their daughter’s
“We have gotten to see her come full circle,” Randall Basinger noted.
sixth partner family, the Adairs, presented Ms. Young with the keys to
her new home, amid much cheering and praises. Many people wiped tears
from their eyes as the extraordinary young woman beamed. “This is a
dream come true and an answer to prayer,” she declared.
Manager Paul Recker acknowledged, “The Columbus Grove community came
together well and could not have been more generous.”
Executive Director Chas Myers concluded, “The thing that has gotten me
about this whole project is that we had volunteers from nearly every
community in Putnam County. This is a pretty strong testimony to the
power of this ministry.”