Habitat for Humanity Gets Hoosier Hospitality, Ag Style

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity 10th annual Ag Build at the Indiana State Fair will take place on the fairgrounds throughout the 17-day fair. This year the Skinner and Kemp families will build their new homes alongside 30 plus different agriculture sponsors and the help of more than 800 volunteers. 

Ted Mosey, Director of Development at Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity, said, “The AgBuild is unique in many ways: building at the State Fair, building over the course of 17 days, and now, building two house simultaneously, it’s pretty incredible. This year we get to celebrate the 10th anniversary and support the Skinner and Kemp families, and every year is just as exciting.” 

“Every year brings its own special memories that are a part of our story. One of our favorite moments annually is to watch the built homes be transferred to their final destination – this is when the house becomes a home for a deserving family. We are proud to be a little part of that story that will forever be in their lives,” Anna Whelchel, Vice President of Marketing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds said. “Who knew 10 years ago that we would still be able to have this impact? We’re proud of that.”  

JaTio Skinner is a hard working mother to her four year old son, JayCeon. JaTio recently completed the Accounting program at Ivy Tech Community College and is now enrolled in IUPUI Kelley School of Business pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business. 

Mother Alexus Kemp and her two year old son, Deangelo, are the second family to take part in this year’s Ag Build. “It takes a lot to raise a child but it’s even worse when you have odds stacked against you that are out of your control. I can’t control what others do, but I can attempt to ensure the safety of my child,” says Alexus. Coming from one of the highest crime affiliated areas, the new home will bring an immeasurable amount of security to this family. 

The Ag Build brings together over 30 agriculture companies from across the industry in support of their fellow Hoosiers. With 800 volunteers, over 2,000 volunteer hours are put into the Ag Build. The new homeowners will also each have 70 hours of work time at the State Fair to help build their dreams from the ground up.  

To participate in the 2019 Habitat Ag Build, contact Ted Mosey at 317-777-6091 or visit indyhabitat.org/ag-build. More general information about Greater Indy Habitat can be found at indyhabitat.org.

About Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. We envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Since 1987 Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity has helped almost 1,000 families globally relocate from substandard and poverty housing into decent and affordable homes. Over 600 of these homeowners are here in our community of Greater Indianapolis and 400 are in Central America. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. The foundations laid by Habitat go far beyond the physical structure of a home. Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership. To learn more or get involved, visit indyhabitat.org.