Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What A Way To Start The New Year!

The Independence Bank formally notified Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, KY of its providing $25,000 and the volunteer work force from among its employees to help build the first Habitat house in Henderson in 2010. To be built at 837 Clay Street, construction will begin in March or April depending upon weather and ground conditions, in partnership with the Joe and Carol Martinez family. The 1300+ square foot house will have four bedrooms, a bath and a half, be all electric and meet many Energy Star efficiency requirements. Mr. Jim Davis will coordinate the Bank's work force.


Habitat for Humanity of Henderson bids farewell to Terry Emrick (top photo), President of the Board of Directors since July and welcomes Paul Bird, Jr. (bottom Photo) as its new President entering 2010. Both local businessmen have served on Habitat's Board for a number of years and been very involved with the organization's activities. Terry leaves Henderson as the President of The Bank of Henderson to take a similar position with a bank in Cynthiana, KY. He was chair of the Search Committee for Habitat's executive director in early 2008, has served on a number of administrative committees and was involved most recently in the Pickin' & Pedalin' Bike Tours last summer and as a construction volunteer on The Apostle's Build project at 511 Plum Street. Paul is with The Henderson Insurance firm. He has been active with Habitat's Family Services and Resource Development committees, was involved in securing the new ReStore location and developing Habitat's endowment and foundation.
Henderson Habitat's Board of Directors is an active group of eighteen volunteers from across the county involved in real estate, banking, construction, law, industry, insurance, church, agri-business and private commerce. The Board meets monthly to review the affiliate's operations, finances and future endeavors. Members are generally elected in June to a three-year term of office after serving on an administrative committee or in a special event.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Henderson County households wanting to learn about and apply for
Habitat for Humanity Housing
are urged to attend the Second Annual

"Application Nite"
6:30pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2010
in The Boswell Room
at the Henderson Housing Authority
111 South Adams Street
Henderson, KY
Requirements and Applications Will Be Fully Explained
For Adults ONLY--NO Children Permitted
Applications available and will be received January 5 to March 31, 2010
also at Habitat's offices: 325 S. Green Street

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Apostles' Build Is Dedicated

Henderson Habitat's 47th house at 511 Plum Street was dedicated Sunday, November 22nd, by a large crowd of volunteers and supporters of the community's first Apostles' Build project. Representatives of eight local churches, Henderson's two Lions Clubs and Habitat's Thursday Crew laid hands on the new home of Eric and Casandra Bridges and prayed for God's continuing blessings upon the couple. Thursday Crew leader and Habitat Board member Fred Lauver presents the keys to Eric and Casandra, followed by Rev. Dr. Dave Leslie, President of the Henderson Ministerial Association, who presents them the Family Bible. ReStore Manager Donna Phillips offers a framed, cross-stitched Wildcat, held by Henry Sawyer, the Breakfast Lions Club team leader, to Eric, a dedicated UK fan.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ground Broken On Habitat's 48th Habitat House

Members and friends of the Joe and Carol Martinez family joyfully and gratefully participated in a ground breaking ceremoney at 837 Clay Street recently. Construction on what will be Habitat's 48th house in Henderson will begin as soon as sufficient funds have been developed. Joe, Carol, daughter Carmella and sons Joey and Malichi have all contributed a total of more than 120 hours of sweat equity in building the new house for Eric and Casandra Bridges. Foundation work on the Martinez house hopefully will begin before Christmas. "It's a matter of having enough funds to pay for the materials," explained Bob Hicks, Habitat's Executive Director, "and in this present economy, donations have been slow to come in." Still, on faith, Habitat's mission will continue!

Apostles' Build Progress Continues on Inside

Soon to be Henderson Habitat's 47th homeowner/partner, Eric Bridges (top photo) puts in some sweat equity helping to paint what will be his and his wife, Casandra's, new home at 511 Plum Street. Carol Martinez (middle photo) helps Eric and Casandra with the painting. She and her family have contributed more than 120 hours of sweat equity on the Bridges house and are eager to start on the next Habitat house in Henderson which will be their own!
In the bottom photo, "Thursday Crew" member Bob "Dawg" Clum, an avid Georgia Bull Dog fan, struggles to get the UK blue on the walls in Eric's treatment room. He promised Eric, a fanatic Wildcat fan, that somewhere in the house a dawg print would be left as evidence of his help on the house.

Built and financed by eight local churches and Henderson's two Lions Clubs, the Apostle's Build house is progressing towards a pre-Thanksgiving completion and occupancy. Hope Eric finds that dawg's claw by then!

The Legacy of a Passion

Ken Middleton's passion was Habitat for Humanity: helping empower families to become homeowners of safe, decent shelter they could afford to call their own when they had no other opportunity because their income was at the lower end of the scale. One of the most endearing photos of Ken was taken in September, 2008, at the Ground Breaking ceremoney for the Habitat house now completed and occupied by the Shulisa Barrett family at 608 Letcher Street. Ken helped young O'Marion Barrett turn a shovel of dirt on the house that now provides him his own bedroom and a safe, warm home in which to grow up.
The former member of Henderson Habitat's Board of Directors and member of the "Thursday Crew" was remembered and honored Wednesday afternoon with the Board's naming of the Henderson Foundation benefitting Habitat in his memory.

Hostesses Honor Friend and Dedicated Volunteer

ReStore volunteers Lou Ann Clark and Joyce Davis, ReStore Manager Donna Phillips and Affiliate Resource Management Director Sarah Heath hosted a beautiful reception setting for Wednesday afternoon's naming of the Kenneth Middleton Foundation Benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, KY.

Foundation Named During Reception

During a reception held in Habitat's newly renovated offices at 325 South Green Street Wednesday afternoon, October 21st, Terry Emrick, President of the Board of Directors and Doug Bell, Campaign Committee Chairman, announced The Kenneth Middleton Foundation Benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, KY, to more than fifty guests. Interest income earned annually from the endowment fund will help build one more house in addition to those built by the Affiliate and funded by other means. Ken Middleton was a dedicated Habitat volunteer who served on local and state Habitat Boards of Directors. He was instrumental in initiating and managing Henderson Habitat's Aluminum Can Recycling project and opening and later relocating Habitat's ReStore. He helped start and was an active member of Henderson's "Thursday Crew" who form the core of the local Habitat construction program. Ken also helped initiate and fund the Affiliate's Foundation and endowment which was named in his memory by the Board of Directors at the reception.
Contributions to the Kenneth Middleton Foundation Benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Henderson, KY may be sent to P. O. Box 1071, Kenderson, KY 42419-1071

Monday, September 14, 2009


Henderson Habitat HALLOWEEN PARTY
Saturday Evening, October 24th
at Rookies on Second Street
starting at 7:30pm
Music by "The Sellouts"
$15/person, $25/couple
Tickets available at 325 S. Green St.
Call 869-9011 for more info

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pickin' & Pewdalin' Made Successful By Lots of Volunteers

A whole host of people in blue shirts aided participants in Saturday's Pickin' & Pedalin' bicycle tours. Most of Habitat's Board of Directors, members of the Resource Development and PnP committees, members of Pleasant Valley Christian and Henderson General Baptist churches and a crew from Kenergy Electric Co-Op volunteered their Saturday morning to make the event so successful.

Pleasant Valley Christian Church Goes All Out For Cyclists

With home-baked cookies and trail mix, plenty of shade trees and genuine down-home, country friendliness, the folks of the Pleasant Valley Christian Church, between Robards and Niagra, made the 62 mile trek through Henderson County worthwhile. More than two hundred cyclists stopped to rest at the church on their way to Hebbardsville and back to Henderson during the Pickin' & Pedalin bike tours for Habitat.

Pickin' Bluegrass Music

Cyclists and volunteers at the rest stops scattered along the 62 mile route for Saturday's Bluegrass in the Park Festival's Pickin' & Pedalin' event very much enjoyed the music provided by the Bluegrass Express, Southern Flavor and Silver Creek bands.


Three hundred forty cyclists rode routes of 12, 22, 38 and 62 miles through eastern Henderson County Saturday, August 8, to the benefit of Habitat for Humanity's house-building ministry. They braved the 92+ degree-90% humidity weather to enjoy the rolling hills through acres of tall corn and soybeans, small villages and the friendly volunteers pickin' Bluegrass music and handing out water, Gatorade, trail mix, fruit and cookies at rest stops.
Thanks to all who rode for Habitat!

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Apostles' Build Continues Each Saturday

Until the rains stopped their efforts, volunteers from St. Paul's Episcopal, Airline and Finley Baptist churches and from the Henderson Noon Lions Club worked these past two Saturdays decking the roof and applying house wrap to the Apostles' Build at 511 Plum Street. Work continues each Saturday, progressing the construction of this residence in partnership with Eric and Casandra Bridges.


Inadvertently left out of the registration information for the Bluegrass In The Park festival's Pickin' & Pedalin' Bike Tours, families living under the same roof will pay only $45 to register as opposed to the $20/person fee charged until August 3.

Monday, June 29, 2009

R&R Opportunities To Make New Friends

Taking a break from the scorching sun and oppressive humidity, members of Saturday's volunteer work force from the First Christian Church and Henderson Noon Lions Club relax with some refreshing lemonaide, fresh fruit, cookies and fellowship before getting back to work and finishing the task of setting the roof trusses. A Habitat job site is not all about work, but a place and time to make new friends and strengthen relationships with experiences beyond the everyday work place, church or club fellowship.

"Now it looks like a house!"

Members of Henderson's Noon Lions Club joined members of First Christian Church and two approved Habitat applicant households Saturday, June 27, to raise the roof trusses on the Apostles' Build House at 511 Plum Street. Persevering 95+ degrees and humidity as high, these dedicated volunteers got the job done by 11am! Watching from the far right are the house recipients, Eric and Casandra Bridges. Joe and Carol Martinez and their two teen-age children are on the other side of the house helping to nail the side decking to the exterior wall.
Following a Saturday off to celebrate July 4th, work will resume preparing the house to receive its roof.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Habitat's Board of Directors Welcome Four More

L-R: Justin Jones, Natalie Hankins and Todd Blackburn will join Roger Campbell as new members of Henderson Habitat's Board of Directors starting July 1st. While Roger is a long-term volunteer with Habitat since its beginning in this community returning to the Board for another term, Justin, Natalie and Todd began a year or so ago working with the affiliate's Resource Development Committee, helping to organize this spring's Tri-Fest 5K Run and this August's Pickin & Pedalin Bike Tours in association with the Bluegrass in The Park festival. Justin has also worked with Habitat's Construction Committee and developed the plans currently being built as the Apostle's Build House.

The Apostle Build House is Going Up!

Members from the Presbyterian Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Community Baptist and First Christian Churches have begun the long awaited "Apostles' Build" at 511 Plum Street. Eight congregations and three Lions Club organizations have joined resources and volunteers to build Henderson Habitat's first Energy Star compliant "green-built" house in partnership with Eric and Casandra Bridges. Saturday morning work crews in three weeks have laid the floor sytem and raised all the walls to the two bedroom 900 square foot house.


Thirty highschool volunteers from all across the Commonwealth of Kentucky through The KY YMCA Youth Association help move out materials from Habitat's ReStore on Klutey Park Plaza to its new facilities at 325 South Green Street. Mrs. Lou Ann Clark and Habitat homeowner Annie Sallie, regular ReStore workers ready the new and twice-as-large facility for a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening Sale, Wednesday, July 1st at 11:30am. As of mid-afternoon, Friday, June 19th, Habitat was out of the Klutey Park Plaza building and on the move to South Green Street!

Monday, April 27, 2009

100+ join in 47th Ground Breaking Celebration

More than 100 people surrounded Eric and Casandra Bridges Sunday afternoon, April 26, during the ground breaking for their new home, Habitat's 47th in Henderson. Members from six of the seven churches and two Henderson Lions Clubs committed to this special projected designated "The Apostles' Build" turned over shovels of dirt at the build site to celebrate the start of construction.
In addition to the Breakfast and Noon Lions Clubs and the Lions Club International Foundation, the house will be financed and built by volunteers from First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Trinity Lutheran Church, Community Baptist Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Airline Baptist Church, Finley Baptist Church and Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. Members from The Presbyterian Church and members and staff of the 09 Henderson County Football Team will also participate in the construction efforts.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bluegrass Festival's Pickin' & Pedalin' Bike Tour: August 8th

Steve Hargis stands between last year's 100th and 101st cyclists who stopped and rested at the Hebbardsville Volunteer Fire Department along the 62 Mile Route in the annual Bluegrass Festival Pickin & Pedalin' Bike Tour. Many teams also entered the tour from all around the tri-state area. The event features a 12 mile route, 38 mile route and the 62 mile route through much of south-eastern Henderson County.
This year's event will be held Saturday morning, August 8. Pre-registrations will be accepted soon.

The 18th Annual Tri-Fest 5K Run/Walk Race Committee deserves a great deal of appreciation for their many hours of detailed planning and hard work. L-R: Justin Jones, Natalee Hankins, Todd Blackburn, Chairman Marty Littrel, Paul Bird, Laura Taylor Scott. Absent from the picture was Bill Polk, Jr. Also absent was Steve Hargis without whose counsel the Committee acknowledges their work would have been much more difficult. Retired from Habitat, Steve nearly singled-handedly prepared races in previous years.

Nearly a dozen members of Evansville Runners & Walkers Club were the official timers of Saturday's 5K Run/Walk event. Thanks to this group of dedicated people who have provided the technical assistance for the past several years.

Henderson Habitat appreciates the whole host of volunteers, many sporting green volunteer shirts, who blocked intersections along the race course Saturday for the safety of the runners. Thanks also to the Rotaracts and others who assisted with registration prior to the race, members of the Breakfast Lions Club who assisted with the booth set up, and those who assisted in handing out the trophies after the race.

John Mathias rolled across the finish line ahead of more than half the runners in Saturday's Tri-Fest 5K Run/Walk event benefitting Henderson Habitat. An annual participant in the race, John athleticism inspired many others along the course when muscles were tiring and the will to keep on running was waning. Thanks, John!
John Mathias is a member of Habitat's Board of Directors and serves on the Family Services Committee. He is the Marketing Manager for Henderson's Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Female First Place Finishers

Angela Morgan crosses the finish line with a time of 20:35.4 to lead all female participants in Saturday's 5K Run/Walk
Female First Place Finishers/Age Bracket
14 yrs & under: Amber pool, 25:22.2
15-19 yrs: Brittany Hybarger, 23:18.7
20-25 yrs: Chelesa Mills, 25:23.8
26-30 yrs: Angela Reckelhoff, 21:18.0
31-35 yrs: Erica Cobb,27:23.4
36-40 yrs: Holly Nelson, 22:34.5
41-45 yrs: Kendra Schoffstall, 24:18.7
46-50 yrs: Susan Cline, 21:39.3
51-55 yrs: Jean Ivy, 25:43.0
56-60 yrs: Nancy Hirsch, 28:22.2
61-65 yrs: Marie Roeder, 34:24.5
66-99 yrs: Genevieve Perry: 32:41.4
Names and times of all participants was published in Sunday's The Gleaner newspaper, B-5

First Place Finishers

Mike Duncan crosses the finish line ahead of all 219 runners and walkers in the 5K race with a time of 17:54.8.

Male First Place Finishers/Age Bracket

14 and under: Caleb Jones, 25:19.2

15-19 yrs old: Chris Barron, 24:14.2

20-25 yrs old: Matthew Wallace, 22:00.3

26-30 yrs old: Lee Rudisill, 19:57.8

31-35 yrs old: Cory Staples, 19:25.2

36-40 yrs old: John Book, 18:55.4

41-45 yrs old: John Martin, 18:20.3

46-50 yrs old: Gene Mesker, 18:00.6

51-55 yrs old: Jeff Reising, 21:33.1

56-60 yrs old: Randy Edwards, 23:23.8

61-65 yrs old: Mike Wells, 22:13.7

66-99 yrs old: Robert Claridge, 23:52.6

Names and times of all participants were published the Sunday's The Gleaner newspaper, B-5

219 Run/Walk 5K for Habitat

Mike Duncan with a time of 17:54.8 and Angela Morgan with a time of 20:35.4 were the overall male and female leaders of the 18th Annual Tri-Fest 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 18, to benefit Habitat's continuing work in Henderson.

A beautiful Saturday morning in the high 50s, low 60s, made for a great race event organized by Marty Littrel, Nancy Hankins, Laura Taylor Scott, Todd Blackburn, Bill Polk, Jr., Justin Jones, Paul Bird, Jr. and Steve Hargis. The 9am race started with the trumpeter's "Call to the Mark" by Tracey Payne, the commands called out by Darrell Lovell, the event's MC, and the shot fired by Habitat's Executive Director. Forty-five minutes or so later, 219 participants had crossed the finish line to a welcoming crowd of several hundred persons cheering their loved ones and friends on!

Thanks to Sarah Heath, event registrar and all who assisted her, to the Rotaracts, Habitat Board members, Thursday Crew, and other volunteers who helped with the race. A special thanks to the Greater Evansville Runners and Walkers Club timers for their technical assistance and to the Henderson Breakfast Lions Club.

Habitat also thanks the race's sponsors: The Methodist Hospital, Teague's Imperial Printing, Sureway Super Market, RC Cola, Henderson's KY Farm Bureau Insurance, River Bend Taxi & Delivery, Kenergy, Old National Bank, Rio Tinto Alcan, The Bank of Henderson, Big Rivers Electric, Raben Tire and Auto, Advance Device Solutuions and E-On/US.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Number 47

Announcing the
Ground Breaking
Henderson Habitat's
4:00pm, Sunday, April 26
To be the New Home of Eric & Casandra Bridges
511 Plum Street
off South Green Street, between Ingram and Adams Streets
To be Financed and Built by Volunteers from
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Trinity Lutheran Church
Community Baptist Church
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
Airline Baptist Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Finley Baptist Church
Henderson's Breakfast Lions Club
Henderson's Noon Lions Club
The Lions Club International Foundation
The public is invited to attend and participate!
For more information, please call (270) 869-9011

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mark Bailey, President of Habitat's Board of Directors, addresses the house-packing crowd during the dedication of 716 Martin Luther King Avenue, Monday, March 16. Standing behind him is Vice-President Terry Emrick, Henderson County High School Principal Kim Marshall and Dr. Victor Doty, Principal for the technology curriculum, Assistant Principal Rich Hopf and Brad Moyes, Construction Class instructor. Thirty-five high school students participated in building the MLK house from the initial wall framing to the finish trim.

Largest Crowd Yet Dedicates 45th Habitat House

Sixty-five volunteers, friends and family members participated in Monday evening's dedication of the most recently completed Habitat for Humanity house in Henderson, the new residence of Connie, Mark and Erica Madole. The Martin Luther King Avenue house was filled with members of the Henderson County High School Construction Technologies Class members who built the house under the direction of Brad Moyes, members of Habitat's Board of Directors, church friends and siblings. Chair of Habitat's Family Services Committee, Donna Mathias presents new homeowner Connie Madole with a family Bible, donated by the Henderson County Gideon Camp. HCHS senior student Jessica Bruce later present Ms. Madole the keys to the house she helped build.