Habitat Teaches Building Skills

Several dozen people in Habitat for Humanity’s Elkhart county chapter spent a good part of Saturday with a hammer and nail in hand.

Women made up most of the day’s volunteers.

Employees from Lowe’s in Goshen gave some of the women a crash course in home building techniques.

Volunteers say they enjoy the hard work because they know it is going to help many families in need.

“Generally on our build sites, the majority of people we see are men and they’re great and we love them, but we know that the women are capable too. And it’s fun for us to get out here and to learn new skills,” said Juliana Schirmer, of Habitat for Humanity.

All this week, Elkhart’s Habitat for Humanity will be building a home dedicated to its first executive director, Arlene Pipkin.

Pipkin died in 2002 after a battle with breast cancer.


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