On Saturday, March 16, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County will team up with Bethany Christian Schools to build the interior and exterior walls of the future home for the Gonzalez family and then the following week to build onsite the home of the Beard family.

This is the first year that Bethany Christian Schools has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County. Over 40 students, faculty, family members and alumni will participate in the panel build on March 16. Guadalupe Gonzalez and her four children are excited about becoming Habitat homeowners.

Bethany students raised more than $10,000 to help with the cost of materials for the interior and exterior wall. Pictured are fourth graders adding planks to a model house that shows the progress in fundraising after one week, and the top student fundraiser, fifth-grader Erin Florianna, holds the finished model below.

In addition to helping the Gonzalez family on Saturday, a Bethany Interterm group will also help in the construction of a new Habitat home for the Beard family on Naples Court in Elkhart the following week (March 18-22). Bethany’s Head of School Tim Lehman, says, “We are excited to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity. We feel that it is important for our students to experience and learn how to serve the community in which we live. All Bethany students are involved either by swinging a hammer or helping to raise money for the project.”

For the build, Habitat will bring all the precut lumber, in addition to all of the tools and building materials necessary, to construct a home in the parking lot of Bethany Christian Schools at 2904 South Main Street, Goshen. Saturday morning (from 8 to noon) students, faculty, families, and alumni will work together to build the interior and exterior walls of the house. The wall panels will be temporarily raised and assembled in approximately four hours.