for Humanity hands over keys for 12th home in area
will bring another home building project
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[December 24, 2008]
More than 50 people gathered to
help celebrate Adam Cheatham's house blessing at 1301 Lincoln Ave.
on Dec. 14. It was the 12th celebration of a family in Logan County
obtaining a home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Tonita
Reifsteck, president of the Logan County affiliate, welcomed
everyone and said that all should take notice of a placard
displaying the 30-plus businesses and other contributors to Habitat
and this build during 2008.
Adam was handed the key to his home as he was surrounded by his
parents and sister, Craig and Diana Cheatham and Amanda, other
family members, fellow employees at Eaton, neighbors, fellow members
from his church in Emden, and other Habitat homeowners and board
Pastor David Hofer from St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Emden led
the service of dedication. There were special remarks by other
participants, including Rick Wyatt, manager of Eaton Corp.; Joe Funk
and George Dahmm, who reported on the build; Marjory Dyer, who
presented the traditional Habitat for Humanity book; and Leonard
Krusemark, who presented Adam with a Bible.
As Steve Allen, vice president of Habitat and Adam's mentor, led
the blessing of the home and presented the keys, he welcomed Adam to
the world of monthly mortgage payments (for 25 years), taxes to
Logan County and all the responsibilities of being a homeowner. He
also noted that as Habitat homes are built in Logan County,
Habitat's tithe of 10 percent from gifts helps build another home
somewhere else in the world.
Cheatham responded with sincere thanks for all the support from
the communities involved, the organizations, individuals and family
who helped make his dream a reality. He then invited all present to
tour his home and enjoy the refreshments provided by his co-workers
and friends from Lincoln College Food Service.
Guitarist John Sutton accompanied the gathering as they sang
"Bless This House," by Helen Taylor, for the closing.
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Habitat for Humanity of Logan County will break ground in the spring
for a home for their next family, already chosen.
Material for understanding the Habitat for Humanity theology and
work program is available for anyone interested by calling Reifsteck
at 217-732-9796 or writing to HFH, P.O. Box 714, Lincoln, IL 62656.
Habitat has an ongoing fundraiser every first Tuesday from 5 to 8
p.m. at Culver's, which gives the organization 10 percent of sales
in that time slot.
Donations can always be sent to the post office box number given
above. Gifts and memorial donations may also be made by contacting a
member of the board.
[Text from file received from
Habitat for Humanity of