As is tradition, Putnam County Habitat for Humanity’s seventh partner family, Jodi Young (right), receives the keys to her new home from the sixth partner family, Shaston Adair (left) on Sunday at the dedication ceremony, as over 100 friends, family members and volunteers looked on. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
As is tradition, Putnam County Habitat for Humanity’s seventh partner family, Jodi Young (right), receives the keys to her new home from the sixth partner family, Shaston Adair (left) on Sunday at the dedication ceremony, as over 100 friends, family members and volunteers looked on. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)

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.

Partner 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 dedication.

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.

Tony, 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.

Randall 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 friends.

“We have gotten to see her come full circle,” Randall Basinger noted.

Habitat’s 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.

Construction Manager Paul Recker acknowledged, “The Columbus Grove community came together well and could not have been more generous.”

Habitat 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.”

story created on Monday 8/25/2014 at 4:37:05 pm by Anne Coburn-Griffis
story modified on Tuesday 8/26/2014 at 3:47:13 pm by Kirk Dougal