Susan and Matt Abbey tried to look at the hole in the ground at 111 W. Adams and see the possibilities on Sunday.



If things go right, then by this time next year, the hole in the ground will be a fully built home for them.



 

Susan and Matt Abbey tried to look at the hole in the ground at 111 W. Adams and see the possibilities on Sunday.

If things go right, then by this time next year, the hole in the ground will be a fully built home for them.

"It's a blessing," said Susan Abbey. "I never thought we could afford a new home to be built. It means a lot to have a place to call home and settle down."

Sunday, Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County broke ground on the Abbey's future home, which will be the 11th Habitat for Humanity home the organization has helped to build.

Work will take place in the next few weeks to build a foundation and floors before the winter weather hits, with most of the work expected to take place in the spring and summer next year. The house is expected to be completed in the summer/fall of 2011.

"We hope this gives them a foundation and room to grow," said Christine Schindler, Habitat for Humanity president. "We know that with poverty, there are struggles to get a firm foundation. This allows families to grow and live. The stability in a home can make a huge difference."

Just ask the McQueen family. They were the recipients of the 10th Habitat for Humanity home, and the finishing touches of landscaping are taking place at their home. It's allowed the family room to breath, said Jessica McQueen.

"It's amazing. The kids have their own rooms. The house is big," she said. "The kids love their new school. It's a change, but it's a good change."

The Abbeys are looking for a similar change with their new home. As part of the requirements to receive a Habitat for Humanity home, each of the Abbeys will have to pitch in 200 hours of "sweat equity" volunteer work.

"It's been great meeting the other families and sharing our dream of having a home," Susan Abbey said. "There's a lot of giving back and helping our neighbors."

Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.