Earlier this month, under the most brutal weather condition in years, Habitat for Humanity volunteers began work on the Wounded Warrior build in Advance, Ind.
“It was a very difficult week,” said Steve Furste of Boone County Habitat for Humanity. “With temperatures around 100 degrees all week, our volunteers got the foundation done. This meant digging, pouring footers, laying block, and mixing concrete – hard work under normal conditions.”
The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate is partnering with Homes for Wounded Warriors and the Advance build will be the first in Indiana for a wounded soldier returning from combat. This particular project will be for Marine Sgt. Jessie James, his wife and two young children. James is currently being rehabilitated at a California hospital after suffering severe head trauma and multiple concussions while serving as a combat engineer.
“We are really excited to be able to help a young soldier that has served his country,” said Furste. “It is a great way to say ‘Thank you’ for what he has done for all of us back home. There are so many veterans living in and around Boone County and we have had a great response from so many who want to help in some way.”
Work will continue for the next 10 weeks in Advance. Lunch for volunteers is being provided by area churches, and served at the local fire station. The house is projected to be completed by mid-September.
To get involved with the Wounded Warrior build, sign up to volunteer at www.habitatboonecounty.org or call Furste at (313) 317-6864.