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.
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.
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.
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.
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.