Groundbreaking for Putnam County Habitat for Humanity’s seventh partner family, Jodi Young (right), took place on Saturday. Alvin “Dick” Schroeder (center), spoke at the groundbreaking, as he and his family donated the plot of land on which the home will be built. Randall Basinger (left) and his wife, Susan, are Ms. Young’s mentors through the homebuilding process. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Groundbreaking for Putnam County Habitat for Humanity’s seventh partner family, Jodi Young (right), took place on Saturday. Alvin “Dick” Schroeder (center), spoke at the groundbreaking, as he and his family donated the plot of land on which the home will be built. Randall Basinger (left) and his wife, Susan, are Ms. Young’s mentors through the homebuilding process. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

COLUMBUS GROVE — Groundbreaking for the seventh Putnam County Habitat for Humanity home took place in Columbus Grove on Saturday afternoon, under a beautiful bright blue sky.

Habitat partner family Jodi Young, along with a plethora of family members and friends, celebrated the beginning of her new home. Young, a social worker at Lima Memorial Health System, was involved in a serious auto accident when she was five years old and has been confined to a wheelchair since that time.

Columbus Grove native Alvin “Dick” Schroeder, his wife, Delores, and their eight children and families donated the plot of land on which the home will be built. Schroeder was involved in an accident nearly three years ago when a roof collapsed on a home he was remodeling. He sustained a spinal cord injury that caused him to also be permanently wheelchair-bound.

“We take everything for granted,” Schroeder confessed, “and I was one of them. The accident slowed me down. It was a blessing that we were able to give the land to someone who needed it.”

Young expressed her thanks to the Schroeder family for donating the plot.

“I’m looking forward to living in Columbus Grove,” she beamed.

Columbus Grove Mayor Ken Wright expressed a special thank you to Habitat for Humanity.

“We are just tickled that they (Habitat for Humanity) came to Columbus Grove to do this project. It’s a big deal. It’s important to Jodi and it’s important to the strength of our community,” he expressed.

Putnam County Habitat’s Construction Team designed Young’s home to accommodate her special needs. Weather permitting, construction is set to begin on Monday, May 12.