A new beginning for families in tornado-ravaged Henryville.
Seven months after a tornado swept through, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indiana is helping build 10 brand-new homes for victims of the March 2 tornado.
The project kicked off Monday with hundreds of volunteers from all over Indiana and even as far as Des Moines, Iowa, showing up to participate.
More than 200 volunteers are expected every day through Friday to completely build the exterior of the homes.
Families whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged will be starting over in the Twin Oaks neighborhood on Henryville’s south side.
“We have 10 amazing families with amazing stories of their survival through that storm. They are now rebuilding their lives through building their own house,” said Gina Leckron, state director of Habitat for Humanity.
The Nasby family is one of the families set to get a new home.
“It’s a new experience for us. The kids are watching the house being built. We are grow as a family and moving on from where we were to where we’re going,” said Anthony Nasby.
The families say this experience is a dream come true and they are grateful for the support they’re getting from complete strangers.
“It’s great! People volunteering their time. They don’t even know who we are and they’re coming out to help. I’m so thankful,” said Melissa Nasby.
The families are purchasing their homes interest-free from Habitat–and they’re all putting in 200 “sweat equity hours” to help build their homes.
The goal of the project is to have all the families moved into their new homes by mid-December.