Piatt County Habitat for Humanity held a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, April 17th at 150 W Franklin St. in Bement. This is the 6th Habitat home to be built in Piatt County and the 3rd in Bement. Crystal Swaim, of Bement and her children Samantha and Dawson, were chosen by the selection committee as recipients of the home. Bill Dielman, President of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors presided over the ground-breaking ceremony. Several presentations were made: Joe Bruce for his work with Firewood4Habitat, as well as Ed Jester and Fred Finn for their years of dedication and time given to the building of Habitat homes.
Mrs. Carolyn Kleven, representing the family selection committee, introduced Ms. Swaim and her children, Samantha (Sammi) and Dawson, presenting them with a gift of tools that they will use as they put in their sweat equity hours. Ms. Swaim expressed her gratitude to the organization and for the opportunity to own her own home and that to be chosen as a recipient was such an honor. The Swaim family then, sank their shovels into the ground and were joined by Habitat board members and guests for the ceremony. Actual work is expected to begin on May 1st and tentative plans are to have the home completed by late summer.
The success of Habitat for Humanity is largely due to the vast number of volunteers who give time and talents to build homes. Churches, service groups and organizations, businesses often times may request certain task. Arrangements can usually be made to accommodate those requests. If anyone would like to volunteer to help build the Swaim home, please contact Larry Clure at 762-7025. All volunteers are welcomed warmly and greatly appreciated.