Dan Von der Embse and Randy and Sue Basinger (r) family advocates, look on as Jodi Young signs to be a partner family with Putnam County Habitat for Humanity. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Dan Von der Embse and Randy and Sue Basinger (r) family advocates, look on as Jodi Young signs to be a partner family with Putnam County Habitat for Humanity. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

Putnam County Habitat for Humanity signed the agreement to build their seventh home during a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Ottawa Presbyterian Church.

The local agency has partnered with Jodi Young, Ottawa, to build the next home in 2014. They are currently looking for a lot in Columbus Grove. Young is a part time social worker at Lima Memorial Hospital. Jodi was raised by Bill and Diane Rieman and is a 2007 graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School. She is a part-time social worker at Lima Memorial Hospital. Along with most of her extended family, Jodi worships at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbus Grove.

Construction will begin later this spring. The home will be fully handicap accessible to meet Jodi’s needs. “Becoming the Partner Family for 2014 is such blessing to me,” Jodi said. “Once the home is built, I will have a home that is completely accessible. Since my accident, I have never lived anywhere that was built for someone with my needs. This home will give me the opportunity to become more independent because every part of it will be designed to fit my needs. I want to thank the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity for giving me this opportunity.”

Randy and Susan Basinger have agreed to be her family advocates.

Paul Recker will serve as the construction manager.

Putnam County Habitat for Humanity will celebrate their fifth anniversary this March. They have built six houses since their were founded in March 2009. This includes three houses in Ottawa, one in Leipsic, one in Continental, and one in Kalida.

All these homes are Energy Star rated and meet Enterprise Green Community standards.

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from our communities, our nation and our world. Habitat partners with low-income families to build, own and maintain simple, decent affordable homes.