In its second year partnering with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity, OrthoIndy will provide a home this summer for a veteran in need of affordable, quality housing. In addition to donating the funds to build the house, OrthoIndy executives, physicians and employees will construct the home in the Barrington neighborhood north of Beech Grove alongside future homeowner, Vito Sanders, and local veteran-serving groups.
“The physicians, nurses and employees of OrthoIndy are excited to partner with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity for the second year in a row,” said John Dietz, OrthoIndy spine surgeon. “All of our lives have been touched by the sacrifices our nation’s service men and women have made. It is an honor for us to have this opportunity to express our gratitude and build a home for a veteran. We all sincerely hope that this home will welcome and shelter its veteran for many years to come.”
Sanders is excited to build his first home with OrthoIndy volunteers. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity not only for the chance to become a first-time homeowner but also to gain the awesome experience in volunteering to help others realize this dream as well,” said Sanders. “I look forward to being able to help wherever I can during this process in order to make sure other people, more deserving people, are given such a wonderful chance to grow in life.”
Each Habitat homeowner completes 300 sweat-equity hours, which includes homeownership and financial education classes and volunteer hours on their home, before they purchase their home with a no-interest mortgage.
“Through the partnership with OrthoIndy, our affiliate is now better connected to veterans and veteran-serving organizations in our community, enabling Habitat to increase service to this population,” said Jim Morris, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity President and Chief Executive Officer. “The generosity of OrthoIndy has extended the impact of this Veteran Build project and given us the opportunity to better understand the shelter needs of veterans in our community.”
Construction on the Veteran Build will began June 4th and continues through August 11th. The home dedication is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 14th.