Friday, August 2, 2013

Making a house a home at the Indiana State Fair

Most people will say their favorite part of the Great Indiana State fair is the food or the midway, but truly there is so much more to the fair…there’s the Hoosier Spirit. The Habitat for Humanity Home located on the north side is a showcase of the heart and soul of the fair. For the fourth straight year, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis is partnering with Indiana Agriculture sponsors to construct an entire three-bedroom house at the State Fair in 14 days!

Working alongside 27 sponsors and more than 350 volunteers, future homeowner Joseph Olumullah will help build his first home.

“Growing up partially in the streets of Nairobi and rural western Kenya, I often dreamed about owning my own home,” Olumullah said. “It [will be] a milestone in my life and great pleasure indeed to call myself a homeowner! My son Jayden will have his own room and a place to play after school.”

Habitat for Humanity recipient, Joseph Olumullah

Construction of this Habitat home will continue all 14 days of the fair with hundreds of volunteers from local companies and organizations will be rolling up their sleeves to meet the demanding construction schedule. Fairgoers will be able to tour the home and a home dedication will take place on Aug. 16.

Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye
“Each year we’re excited to celebrate the generosity of hardworking Hoosiers through the Habitat Ag Build,” Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “It’s wonderful to see so many people giving their time and talents to others in a way that has real and lasting impact on our community.”

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