The Habitat Story: Home Run

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – We’re teaming up with the Evansville Otters to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity.

This is an exciting project, and one you’re going to be hearing a lot about over the next several weeks, as I introduce you to some of the many people involved in this life-changing project.

With the official raising of the wall Tuesday morning, it was time to play ball.

“We put up this wall first over here on the left, and we put up this one on the right. Felt pretty strong doing it so it was fun.”

You might know Tyler Vail as a pitcher for the Evansville Otters, but this summer he and his teammates are trading in their bats and hammers to help build this home on East Oregon Street in Evansville.

“It’s very cool because you drive past these homes and you really don’t know what they’re about but to know the story and what it takes to build the houses, it means a lot to me.”

“What do you think you’re better at, on the field or—I’m going to stick to the field.”

This is the first Habitat home built by the Otters, it’s the sixth Habitat home sponsored by Eyewitness News.

“I’m just thankful to God that we have this blessing.”

Kimiko and her three children are the ones chosen by Habitat for Humanity to eventually move into this home.

But as with any Habitat homeowner, she’ll be here every step of the way, helping to build this home, putting in 300 sweat equity hours.

This will be the first home she’s ever owned, and she’s looking forward to making memories here with her family.

“I’ll be cooking in my own kitchen.”

And Kimiko has a very interesting story.

You’ll be getting to know a lot more about her next week.

And be sure to join us every Thursday, as we update you on the progress of the House the Otters Built sponsored by Eyewitness News.

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(This story was originally published on June 13, 2019)

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