Habitat for Humanity - Putnam Sentinel
Becky Gable-Giblin and her daughter Mariah look at the cross they were presented for their new home last Sunday. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

OTTAWA – “Welcome home” were the words that were repeated several times to Becky Gable-Giblin and her daughter Mariah during the dedication at their new home this past weekend.

Putnam County Habitat for Humanity hosted the dedication of their tenth house on Sunday. The house is located at 1366 North Defiance Street in Ottawa. Giblin and her daughter are the partner family members who will live in the house.

“This house is going to be life changing for us,” Becky said. She said the attached garage, wide halls, no steps and lift inside the house were among the many things she appreciates about this new home.

The home is wheelchair accessible with everything built on one level, including thresholds, doorways and hallways. This will be the fifth home Putnam County Habitat for Humanity has built to meet special needs of someone who is living in the home.

Habitat Director Matt Rau said since the dedication of the last house in 2016 nearly 150 volunteers have contributed approximately 4,500 hours of labor for Putnam County Habitat.

“Most of those hours have gone toward the construction of this home,” he said. Habitat partner families are required to work 350 hours of sweat equity in a new home. The Giblin family along with friends and relatives worked nearly 500 hours of sweat equity on the home.

Helping to sponsor this home was Whirlpool Ottawa Operations. They donated money as well appliances for this home. The Ottawa operations also provided team members to help build the home.

“We usually build appliances,” said Chad Inkrott, operations leader for the Ottawa Whirlpool Corporation. “It was neat to have the opportunity to help build a house.”

This house also qualified and received a CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Program) grant which will defray some of the total cost for the homeowner. Linda Pollitz, who served as the family advocate for this build, presented a Bible and cross to Becky and her daughter. The keys to the home were presented by Courtney Payne, who is a partner family member for the ninth Putnam County Habitat for Humanity house.

The blessing of the dwelling was given by Fr. Tony Fortman and Pastor Chuck Schmunk.