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Habitat completes 17th HC house

Habitat completes 17th HC house
Habitat completes 17th HC house
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Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County dedicated its 17th house in the county on July 24. It is located along Thomas Avenue in Lanesville and is the third Habitat house built on this street.

Alex and Davina Sheckell, along with their three daughters, Carlena, Kaylyn and Ember, now have a new, affordable home to call their own.

“We want to thank everyone involved in this process, Habitat, the builder (Bill Bowsman with Bob Bowsman Construction), the volunteers and the donors,” Alex said. “To Don Gossman, who spent countless hours planning and working on our home, we give our thanks. Our home was built during a global pandemic, one of the most difficult times for everyone. We are grateful to all of you.”

With the sound of children giggling and playing in the background, the attendees — family members, friends and volunteers — of the dedication were a part of the blessing of the home and the Sheckell family. The dedication was led by Habitat board members the Rev. Webster (Webby) Oglesby of Lincoln Hills Christian Church, Erin Bishop of Acuity Title and Kaitlyn Gettelfinger with First Harrison Bank, along with Habitat executive director Robin Gettelfinger and ReSale Store Manager Karen Pearson.

“As president of the (Habitat) board, it is amazing to be able to help families with housing,” said Kyle Mattingly of First Savings Bank. “The Sheckells are excited to be able to move into their new home, and they are truly a great family. I want to thank all of the volunteers and donors that made this home possible.”

Designed with an open floor plan, the house has three bedrooms and two baths.

“This is the first time we have used this floor plan, and we love the way it turned out. We hope to use it again in the future,” said Gettelfinger. “Alex spent a lot of his sweat equity installing trim that he brought in to customize this house and make it his own. It is a truly beautiful.”

Habitat plans to begin construction on its 18th house soon, this one located along Church Street in Palmyra. Gettelfinger said a family has been selected and is excited to begin the building process.

Currently, Habitat is in need of land to be able to continue building in the county. Anyone with land to sell or donate, or who would like to volunteer for Habitat, visit the website at or call Gettelfinger at 812-267-1007.