CLARKSVILLE — Clinton County Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 33rd home built since 1994 this month.
Jim Krusling, president for the organization, led the ceremony that honored the many volunteers and donors who ensured the first Habitat home in Clarksville was built.
Partner family Amanda and Paul Mandelstein and their six children have moved into the home on 40 Second St. in Clarksville.
It is a common misconception that Habitat homes are given to families, but the homes are not free — each Habitat family is required to pay an interest-free monthly mortgage, based on their income.
In addition, the Mandlesteins made a commitment to invest 500 sweat-equity hours in building their home and Habitat homes for others.
From wiring the home to picking up their new kitchen cabinets, Paul and Amanda have participated fully, stated a news release.
While spring was unusually rainy and summer delays prevented the home from an August completion, there was a concerted effort by many of the Clinton County Habitat volunteers to complete the home by September.
The Mandelsteins were living in a motel the last few months and that had to be difficult for the children and parents. The Mandelstein children were ready for their new bedrooms and are looking forward to living in the village of Clarksville.
As part of the dedication, Krusling gave the Mandelsteins a Bible. While the organization is Christian in its values, it encourages diversity and celebrates the values of others.