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Habitat gets donations on way to $30,000 goal

Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County has received several donations lately that will help the new non-profit home-building organization with its $30,000 goal and plans to build the first Habitat house here in the fall.
Simon Stock of Depauw, president of the Habitat board of directors, said the new organization has received these gifts:
• $5,000 from First Harrison Bank;
• $500 from Brownie Troop 136 (from two years of cookie sales);
• $500 from Harrison REMC;
• $500 from New Middletown United Methodist Church,
• $1,000 from the Corydon Rotary Club.
The money will go into the capital fund-raising campaign. Harrison County Community Foundation will match the money up to $30,000, so Habitat is actually aiming toward a $60,000 total.
Stock said Habitat officials are now looking for land in the Corydon area that is suitable for its first house project. Habitat will start applications as soon as the local organization is accepted by Habitat for Humanity International. Homeowners are limited to people who make about 50 percent of the median income in Harrison County or about $19,000 a year.
The homeowners will get to apply for a no-interest loan from Habitat for the cost of the house, and they will own it. And they must meet these criteria: A willingness to partner with Habitat, a willingness to provide 400 hours of sweat equity in the project, and third, have the ability to repay the loan.
Habitat for Humanity has a new Web site:
To help out with the fund-raising, Peter and Jenny Rog, owners of Magdalena’s Restaurant in Corydon, had 3,000 coupons prepared for their restaurant that will be passed out by Habitat board members and Leadership Harrison County graduates. When a customer presents a coupon at Magdalena’s, the Rogs will donate 10 percent of the customer’s bill to Habitat.