A new home was dedicated on Saturday, representing the fulfillment of multiple dreams. Julie Merrin and her 9-year-old daughter, Rachel, were presented with keys to their one-story blue house at 1820 Payne Ave.
The project, referred to as “The Oiler Build,” represents The University of Findlay Habitat for Humanity chapter’s first sponsored home, and the 34th built in the county thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County.
“This whole endeavor started off as your dream,” said Merrin, thanking all who were involved in the project. “You worked diligently to make it a reality. Thank you for sticking with it and not letting it go. I truly believe that God guided us together to begin this journey.”
The full text of Merrin’s speech can be found on her blog.
Wendy McCormick, Habitat Executive Director for the city/county chapter, thanked UF student leaders and volunteers, current and former, for their time commitment amidst their busy schedules. “Even though you might be here for a short period of time, please know that you’ve made a lasting impact here,” she said.
“I could not be more proud of our UF Oilers,” said President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “I like to win football games, I like to see our students make baskets, I like to see them make A’s, and I like to see them do research, but nothing makes me more proud than to see you serving others. AS far as I’m concerned, that’s the real test of a real education,” she noted.
“Congratulations on your beautiful home,” said McCormick. “We hope you are happy… and that this gives you the foundation you need for your dreams to take off and flourish.”
Merrin, a former missionary, is a Findlay City School District administrative assistant.
Some facts about UF’s Habitat for Humanity Home:
- Individuals who volunteered: 462
- Total volunteer hours: More than 3,000
- Funds raised by UF’s chapter: $75,000, which includes three State Farm matching grants provided through Habitat for Humanity International
- Year planning began: 2008
- Number of UF chapter committee student leaders who have served since the project began: 6
- Appliances donated by Whirlpool: dishwasher and range.
- Financial requirements: Merrin must make a down payment and take out a zero percent interest mortgage for 20 years, with Habitat serving as her bank.