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When Carol Engle considers the work being done for her grandson, she sees God’s hand in it.
“He’ll bring the right people to you,” she said.
In this case, the “right people” are the Habitat Home Repair Team, which has taken up one of its largest projects. The team is collecting money and recruiting volunteers to help Engle’s grandson, Chad, 14, who has cerebral palsy.
Chadhas been cared for by his grandmother and aunt since he was 2 years old. Chad cannot walk and is confined to a bed. Bathing him in the home’s small bathroom has become too difficult, Engle said.
Engle first learned of the Habitat Home Repair program when she encountered a mold problem in the house. When she realized the bathroom could no longer accommodate Chad’s needs, she thought of them.
Larry Mengel, former Habitat for Humanity director who works with the repair program, decided the easiest way to address the Engles’ needs was to add a room to the home, to serve as Chad’s bedroom and bathroom. He began searching for grant money but had no luck.
Engle learned Habitat would need to raise the money to make the project happen.
“I thought, fundraising, that’s going to take forever,” she said.
The goal was to raise $12,000. The campaign started at the beginning of July. In two days, Engle said, more than $1,000 was donated. As of Thursday afternoon, Habitat hit the $10,000 mark and construction began.
“I was just overwhelmed by the generosity and the love of the community,” said Engle, who often tears up when she thinks of what is being done for her grandson.
Mengel also was surprised at the speed with which donations were made.
“This has been absolutely amazing,” he said.
Now that construction has started, Mengel is looking for volunteers interested in helping build the room. The tentative goal is to finish by October or at least have it enclosed before the weather turns cold and wet.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can call the Habitat office at (270) 360-9900. Volunteers also can reach Mengel at (270) 300-1773. Donations are accepted online at www.hardinhabitat.com.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.