Jim Sherry, Executive Director and Brianna Cox, Community Service Representative from the Meadows at Putnam Acres present a check to Putnam Co. Habitat for Humanity President, Tom Zimmerman. (Photo submitted
Jim Sherry, Executive Director and Brianna Cox, Community Service Representative from the Meadows at Putnam Acres present a check to Putnam Co. Habitat for Humanity President, Tom Zimmerman. (Photo submitted

OTTAWA - In December, the team at The Meadows at Putnam Acres partnered with members of the community to raise over $3739 for Habitat for Humanity through their 4th Annual Christmas Wreath Festival. Area businesses donated gift cards or wreaths, Whirlpool donated a Kitchen Aide mixer and family members of Putnam Acres residents donated wreaths in memory of their loved one. These items were raffled during the event to raise the funds for Habitat for Humanity.

The Putnam County Habitat for Humanity started in March 2009 in response to the housing needs of Putnam County residents. In its short history, the organization has built six homes - three in Ottawa and one each in Leipsic, Continental and Kalida. Plans are under way for the seventh Habitat home to be built in Columbus Grove later this summer. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action through making affordable housing and a better community a reality for everyone.
During the Wreath Festival, the campus culinary team provide a variety of refreshments including a vegetable display, cheese display, crab stuffed mushrooms, carved ham with dinner rolls and chocolate dipped strawberries.
The Meadows of Putnam Acres and Habitat for Humanity thank the members of the Putnam County community for their support of this event and organization.
The Meadows at Putnam Acres is a Trilogy Health Services community. Our services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and commitment to exceeding customer expectations. To learn more about The Meadows at Putnam Acres, please visit www.meadowsatputnamacres.com or call (419) 523-4092.
Putnam County Habitat for Humanity's ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only- it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action. We bring diverse groups of people together to make affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone.

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest 350 hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat home and the houses of others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families as no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Putnam County Habitat plans to start construction of another home in the summer of 2014.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from our communities, our nation and our world. Habitat partners with low-income families to build own and maintain simple, decent affordable homes. Since it's founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built over 800,000 homes around the world, housing over 3 million people.