Fishers United Methodist Church participates in Habitat for Humanity panel build

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Many people who had never even swung a hammer recently helped complete a panel build in Fishers through Habitat for Humanity.

Fishers United Methodist Church members came together Sept. 29 to help Renee Jimison build the panels that will soon shape her house. Jimison, an Indianapolis resident, recently completed 300 hours of “sweat equity” – meaning she took financial classes and volunteered on other Habitat for Humanity builds.

Jimison’s three-bedroom home should be complete 10 days before Christmas. She will move into it in mid-December with her 12-year-old son, Damont, and 4-year-old daughter, Riannah. The house will be built on Pasadena Street in Indianapolis.

FUMC members have aided Habitat for Humanity on site-builds before, but the church has never hosted a panel build on its property. Members will gather again Nov. 10 to help build the home.

“We just saw this as an opportunity to be a force for good in our community and to bring people together,” FUMC Associate Pastor Jared Kendall said. “We want to form partnerships with the surrounding businesses as a way we can all come together on our corner in Fishers.”

FUMC, 9691 E. 116th St., is in the middle of all the new developments coming to Fishers’ 116th Street and Interstate 69 corridor. The church is between Portillo’s and The Yard at Fishers District development, across from TopGolf.

Next year, the church plans to host another panel build through Habitat for Humanity and recruit volunteers from the surrounding businesses.

Kendall said even though the majority of the congregation had little or no experience with tools, Habitat for Humanity set the volunteers up for success. Habitat for Humanity’s Tiger Team, a crew of leaders, were on-site ensuring the work was done correctly.

“We don’t want this house to fall over, so we have to make sure the nails are square. They provided us with all the nails and hammers, and we support it financially,” Kendall said. “We pay for the wood and stuff, but they bring everything.”

Jimison said she’s happy to soon own a home.

“I’m excited really to just have something to call my own, something to raise my kids in,” she said.

For more, visit habitat.org.

A common misconception about Habitat for Humanity homes

The most common misconception about Habitat for Humanity homes is that homeowners get their homes for free. They do not. Homeowners pay a mortgage, but they do so with zero percent interest. Homes are sold based on appraised value.

“All our homeowners go through an application process and we check income and debt,” Habitat for Humanity Events Manager Amy Donhardt said.  “The No. 1 common misconception is that Habitat gives homes away. We don’t. Our homeowners do a lot of work and do take on a mortgage.”

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