New home project gives Henryville residents a fresh start


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 7:04 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Henryville Community Church pastor is heading up a new home project. National sponsors are on board and the goal is 100 new homes over a two year span.

Mark and Kimberly Schneider said they consider themselves lucky because they were not in their trailer March 2,  the day an EF-4 tornado smashed their town. When the storm hit Henryville, their trailer was picked up and moved. Now, because of the damage they cannot live there anymore.

"The floors [have] pillars through the bottom of it where they actually picked it up off the pillars moved it off of them and sat it back down on top of them and pushed it through the floors. The walls are all cracked through the house," Mark Schneider said.

Their story is like so many others that had damaged or even demolished homes. That's why they were thrilled when Pastor Rich Cheek told them they were selected to be one of the first families to receive a brand new home, materials and manpower donated by many organizations.

"It's amazing. It puts a feeling into you, you can't describe," Schneider said.

Fifteen families mainly along Front Street are the first ones that will get homes.

Cheek said the families were selected mainly because they did not have home insurance.

"The great thing about this is we are not getting them back to where they were but we are giving them a whole new life," Cheek said.

The National Association  of Christian Churches and City Impact is helping donate the materials and manpower.

"You don't think there are people out there that are that good and willing to do something like this. It's great," Schneider said.

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