Habitat for Humanity builds a new home for a local family


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Habitat for Humanity and Eyewitness News teamed up with the Evansville Otters to celebrate the Otters 25th season and to give back to the community.

“We want the quality of life to be the best it can be in Evansville. We like to do that by providing entertainment and quality sports to come watch, but we also want to do a little bit more, take it a little bit further and really give back to the people that give so much to us, said Otter’s Assistant General Manager.

Tonight, the Otters did just that. Teaming up with Habitat for Humanity, the Otters donated raffle tickets and 1,000 in prizes for free to the fans who came out.

Painting the stands in a sea of maroon were members from the Habitat for Humanity of Evansville Choir. They led the stands in singing the national anthem and the 7th inning stretch. Habitat for Humanity helps families around the nation. One member says it was especially meaningful to help a family here in her hometown.

“Really kind of a unique part of Evansville, is being here at Bosse Field which is so historic. I think that’s something very unique to us and that makes everything feel exciting here,” said Habitat of Humanity of Evansville’s Communications Director Kate Carnahan. “It feels like we’re at home because we’ve driven here, we’ve played here, we’ve grown up here in Evansville many of us have. So it’s kind of coming full circle.”

Kimiko Vandyke is the new homeowner being recognized tonight. She said it’s been a long process to get a home of her own and she is grateful her kids will finally have a place to call their own.

“I’m thankful and I’m blessed for the opportunity that they gave me and I’m very appreciative to the Otters and Eyewitness News for you guys sponsoring my house and I appreciate all the helping hands that go with my house,” said Vandyke.

Construction on the Vandyke’s home has already begun and Carnahan estimates their house should be move-in ready early this fall.

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(This story was originally published on July 12, 2019)

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