Henderson Habitat for Humanity keeps building despite thefts

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) While Henderson Police continue their investigation of a series of thefts from Habitat For Humanity, the group keeps celebrating the start of new houses for more area families.

Crystal Butler and her family became the latest to celebrate a new home thanks to habitat. While she looks forward to her new house, the group building it for her keeps looking forward.

“It’s exciting. Very, very exciting,” she says. It’s an exciting time for Butler, who works at Habitat’s ReStore.

“I’m looking forward to the kids having their own room and being able to afford a place, and being able to call it mine,” she says.

It’s an exciting time in the aftermath of a series of thefts that’s made times a little tough for her organization..

“Nobody’s going to hold us back,”  says Larry McDowell of Henderson Habitat for Humanity. McDowell also says the recent thefts of tools and vandalism of its box truck hasn’t stopped efforts such as this one in the 200 block of Letcher Street. This house is the first of three they plan to build. Another one is still going up on Paragon Drive. 

“These guys, if we lose a tool, they bring their own tools if they have to. We’re going to continue building,” McDowell says. He adds they installed more security cameras at their headquarters. Henderson Police say they’re still searching for suspects in the recent thefts, and are still trying to determine if the incidents are connected.

“We’re going, and we’re going to keep it going,” says McDowell. “And no matter what problems we incur, we’re going to go around them, and we’ll get the job done. I hope to make this corner a very nice looking place for the three houses.”

“It feels amazing because, you know, people in the city, we’ve had stuff happen recently so much, and we continue to keep pushing as much as we can, even with everything going on, we’ve still got to keep continuing doing it for the community as best as we can,” Butler adds.

McDowell says the house started today is expected to be ready for its family this fall. 

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(This story was originally published on May 24, 2019)

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