EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Before the concrete is poured and that first nail is hammered, there’s a lot that goes into the process of planning for each home.

A lot of that planning involves Habitat’s Board of Directors. And many of those on the board know a thing or two about getting a house off the ground.

“I always say with Habitat it’s not what you give, it’s what you get in return.”

Monica Stinchfield has a love for habitat for humanity. So much so she’s been on the organization’s board for 15 years. She recently retired as the head of the mortgage department at First Federal – after 40 years – and now uses her knowledge of financing to help our new Habitat homeowners.

“At a bank you deal with a couple maybe for three weeks to get their home loan and then they’re gone. You don’t really have any more interaction. With the Habitat program they have that 300 sweat equity hours that they have to earn and that takes about a year to do that. So, you get to know that person through the different classes.”

While Monica is a veteran board member, Holly Carter just began her service with the Evansville affiliate, but she’s far from being new to the Habitat organization.

“I just finished my 32nd international build this summer. I built in Jordan actually at the end of, beginning of August, end of July and so I’ve done those builds. I’m a team leader for Global Village.”

Holly has helped build Habitat houses on every continent the organization serves and has no plans of stopping.

“Every build is different. It’s incredibly humbling because you work with families around the world. You get to know their lives, their stories, and it’s a lot of hard work. We do really hard, heavy, physical labor. A lot of times in the heat and things I’m not good at. My normal day job is not brick laying.”

Whether it’s in a foreign country or right here in the Tri-State, Holly says the need for housing is there and so is the need for an organization like Habitat for Humanity.

“People live in poverty housing all over the world and they need a place to start to raise their lives up. We see it in Evansville. I just saw it in Jordan. I was with a UE team in Mexico in May and I think everyone’s eyes were so open for the need for this very basic necessity.”

And that group Holly just mentioned is a group of students from the University of Evansville. And some of them just received a huge honor for their work. I’ll have more about that next week.

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(This story was originally published on August 15, 2019)