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Habitat completes second residence, filled with color

Habitat completes second residence, filled with color
Habitat completes second residence, filled with color
Jody Pinnick is overcome with emotion Sunday afternoon after receiving the keys to her new house, the second Habitat for Humanity house in Harrison County, from Habitat board president Bill Harrod. At left are Habitat board members Marty Bachman and the Rev. Betty Sieberns. (Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

Choosing paint colors for her new house was easy for Jody Pinnick. She went with what she likes: bright, happy colors.
The living room is peach, the kitchen mint green, the hallway yellow and bathroom pink. As for the three bedrooms, they’re pink, blue and lavender, Pinnick’s favorite colors.
Pinnick got to show off her home ‘ dubbed by some as the ‘Easter Egg house’ ‘ Sunday afternoon during a dedication service and open house sponsored by the Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County.
‘We would have had her in here by Christmas if it hadn’t been for all that snow,’ said Bill Harrod, president of the local Habitat board.
Instead, Pinnick and her two children, Shawn, 10, and Josy, 2, are expected to move in about a week into the second Habitat house to be built in the county, ‘if the weather stays good,’ Harrod said.
Pinnick’s home is next door to the first Habitat house, dedicated in early February 2004, off Oliver Street in south Corydon. Both are 1,028 square feet and have a full basement.
‘It’s been a long road,’ Harrod said. ‘It takes a family to make a house a home. I think Jody and her family will do that.
‘The list is long of those who gave their time,’ he said, referring to the volunteers who gave ‘their sweat’ to construct the house. Some of them attended Sunday’s ceremony.
Also participating in the brief dedication ceremony was the Rev. Gary Fisher from New Salisbury Church of Christ, where Pinnick attends.
He thanked God for the ‘wonderful present’ of the house and reminded everyone ‘to be generous to others’ while not growing too attached to material items.
The Rev. Betty Sieberns, of Wesley Chapel and New Amsterdam United Methodist churches and a Habitat board member, asked that the ‘members of the family be filled with the grace and love of God in all they do so they glorify God.’
Pinnick was moved to tears after receiving the keys to the house and a Bible. She said, ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart … I appreciate all the work that everybody’s put in to this.’
Pinnick said she plans to help as much as she can with future Habitat houses, despite a harried schedule. She works at Cracker Barrel in Corydon, attends nursing school at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany and cares for her two children.
‘I want to repay back the generosity I’ve received,’ she said. ‘I think of this as a new beginning, in our home.’
Her son, Shawn, said he was excited about having his own yard to play in and the privacy he’ll have, as opposed to living in an apartment complex.
Two additional lots have been purchased in Palmyra for the construction of the next Habitat houses, and the board is in the process of finalizing the purchase of two more lots in Corydon.
‘We need something in the south part of the county,’ Harrod said.
The houses in Palmyra will not have basements, which is creating a storage dilemma for the Habitat workers.
‘With the first two houses, we’ve been able to store supplies in the basement,’ Harrod said. ‘We’re trying to find a storage trailer to use’ while working on the next projects.
Another board member, Shirley Raymond, said it is not inconceivable that the board would opt to build in the south, after finishing two houses in Palmyra, before going back to Corydon.
‘We are totally committed to serving the entire county geographically,’ she said.
It generally takes the construction of 10 Habitat houses before the affiliate organization becomes self-sustaining. Board member Marty Bachman said he hopes they complete at least one and part of a second house this year.
‘Maybe we’ll get two done the next year,’ he said.
The Harrison County affiliate was approved in September 2000.
The homeowner for the third house has been selected, and the board is accepting applications for the fourth.
Selection is based on three key elements: need, ability to repay the mortgage, and willingness to partner ‘ work with ‘ Habitat on future projects.
Raymond said interested persons should call her at Harrison County Community Services (738-8143) to schedule an appointment to begin the application process. Also, persons who applied for past houses are invited to update their information.
‘We notify them to see if they’re still interested,’ Raymond said. ‘Sometimes their circumstances have changed.’
Some board members’ terms are nearly finished, so replacements are needed. Anyone interested is urged to call Harrod at 738-2198.