Habitat for Humanity of Miami and Shelby Counties recently broke ground on a new house for Sidney resident Bridget Lawson and her family. This project is made possible by funding provided through Clopay Corporation, Ferguson Construction, and other local companies.
“The city of Sidney would like to thank all of those involved. It is through you that the city of Sidney becomes better each day and helps each other,” stated Sidney Mayor, Mardie Milligan.
Lawson is employed at Shelby County Job and Family Services and has never been a homeowner before. She has already begun the 400 hours of sweat equity required for eligibility and will assume a 20-year, no-interest mortgage for her four-bedroom, two-bathroom home. Her children and father – who works in construction – along with volunteers from the community and students from nearby career centers will assist with the build.
“Here I am today to say that this house will be mine and my family’s home forever. I would like to take a moment to thank my family and friends who are here with me today,” Lawson said. “Thank you for seeing that I was ready to take on this challenge with Habitat. I won’t let you down.”
Clopay announced it will provide $130,000 in sponsorship funding for the build, which is scheduled to begin in the spring with a completion date expected in the summer of 2023. In addition to providing financial support, the company will donate its American-made Clopay entry and garage doors that are manufactured at its Troy and Russia facilities.
Ferguson Construction is also supporting the project by performing the foundation work and managing the overall project. “Our goal was to start this fall, but getting materials has been a challenge”, stated Tom Bergman, Ferguson HR Manager, “We are fortunate to have retired Ferguson teammates managing this project and support from the local careers centers. These students will get valuable real-life construction experience while doing something good for the community. It’s a win-win.”
Homeowner Bridget Lawson and her four children attended the ground-breaking ceremony on November 16, 2022, along with Clopay Corporation COO Larry Crawford, Habitat for Humanity of Miami and Shelby Counties Executive Director Bill Horstman, Ferguson Construction Manager Tom Bergman, Sidney Mayor Mardie Milligan, Commissioners Bob Guillozet and Julie Ehemann, and Councilmembers Jenny VanMatre, Mike Barhorst and Scott Roddy. Milligan, Ehemann and Guillozet provided remarks and shared their excitement for the project.