FOX59 hosts 6th annual Habitat for Humanity panel build

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 31, 2015) -- It didn’t look like much early Friday morning, but a parking lot quickly became the stuff dreams are made of.

Volunteers converged on FOX59 studios for a Habitat for Humanity panel build. This is the sixth year FOX59 has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis to help build a home for a deserving family.

The program offers home ownership opportunities for low-income families who couldn’t get conventional home financing. Donated land, material and labor are needed to make such homes a reality. Before taking ownership, Habitat families attend classes to learn about budgeting and finances. They also put in 300 hours of “sweat equity.”

After the panels are constructed at FOX59, they’ll go to the Indiana State Fair where the effort will continue.

Malachi Smith and his wife Moeiyan Geebla are this year’s Habitat family. Moeiyan moved to the U.S. from Liberia in 2004. She had a good job and worked until she became sick. In 2008, she met Malachi, a retired Army sergeant.

After they got married, they realized Malachi’s apartment wasn’t large enough for his wife and their three children. The Habitat home will help ensure they’ll live under the same roof. Before, Malachi would go across town to see if his wife and children needed anything.

They started the application process last November and have completed their financial literacy classes. They said they’re looking forward to putting in 300 hours of sweat equity and getting to work on their new home!

For more information about the build and Habitat for Humanity, visit this website.