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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Groundbreaking - Habitat for Humanity's first home in Charlestown

Habitat for Humanity Ground Breaking

 Habitat for Humanity Ground Breaking

Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 marked a monumental day for Aerion and her family. With shovels in hand, Aerion and her two daughters planted the spade into the soil of where their future home will be on Maple Drive in Charlestown.

Habitat for Humanity Clark & Floyd Indiana held a groundbreaking for its first home build in Charlestown. The Habitat organization and Aerion were joined by a gathering of One Southern Indiana, community leaders, businesses, and neighbors.

Mayor Treva Hodges reached out to Habitat after the City obtained property at 175 Maple St., an organization that has built or renovated 50 homes in Clark and Floyd Counties since 1991.

“We are so stoked that we get to do this,” said Hodges. “Home ownership, as we know, is a step toward long-term, generational building of wealth, comfort, love, and in many ways, liberty. She’ll be free to make a lot of decisions to grow her family on this lot and play in this yard in Charlestown where we are a wonderful place to raise a family.”

Ruthie Jackson, who represents District 2 where the home will be located, said the lot was her No. 1 concern when elected.

“I couldn’t be happier this will be built in our community,” said Jackson. To Aerion, she added, “If you need something, we are going to be here for you.”

Habitat builds homes because they are essential building blocks for families and communities – especially when coupled with strong relationships and healthy neighborhoods. The opportunity to volunteer will present itself to all individuals and groups in the coming months. A move in date is tentatively set for late next year, with the build set to commence soon.

Aerion and partner homeowner families contribute at least 250 hours of sweat equity into the construction of their home and pay a monthly mortgage. The path to home ownership with Habitat is an in-depth process, requiring hard work, time, and dedication to ensure long-term success.

Aerion is a hard-working mother of three children. It was a challenging 2020 for her as her youngest, Amiyah, spent 462 days after birth in the hospital. During that time, Aerion applied to the home ownership program with an eye on bettering the opportunities for Amiyah. When Amiyah passed away in September, Aerion continued through the application process then came the news of a future move to Charlestown.

“(Amiyah) is watching down on us and this has been a blessing after some rough years,” Aerion said. She said her daughters Ariana and Aerica are excited to have a new home.

“I can’t believe this is happening, but it is,” said Aerion. “I plan to grow as a family with the volunteers. I want to develop a bond that’s forever.”

Jerry Leonard, the Executive Director of Habitat said the community has already jumped at the opportunity to help. In addition to thanking Mayor Hodges and the Common Council, Leonard pointed out the collaboration with Rybuilt Custom Homes, Dan Cristiani Excavating, Greenstar Plus, US Lumber, Harold Hart (Surveyor), Tony Jackson (City of Charlestown Building Commissioner) and numerous others in the community.

Follow at http://www.habitatcfi.org/volunteer/ for opportunities to volunteer in the coming months.

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