Habitat for Humanity

Indiana State University is sponsoring its third Habitat for Humanity house for a local family.  Habitat for Humanity


The home, which is the 72nd in the Wabash Valley, will be built in the Ryves neighborhood in fall 2019 with assistance from our students, faculty, and staff of Indiana State. The initiative was announced Sept. 26 at Indiana State University President Deborah Curtis’ fall address.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity, and we will be fundraising and engaging with relationships in the community for in-kind help to move this project forward,” Curtis said. “Please join us and lift up our voices to bring this to fruition. It’s just one more example of the amazing community service efforts on this campus.”

Indiana State has a long history of community service, dating back to the first Donaghy Day in 1976. Service learning opportunities are built into hundreds of courses at State, and each year, students and employees clock more than a million hours of volunteering.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help a deserving family and to demonstrate our institutional commitment to community service and outreach,” said Nancy Rogers, vice president for university engagement at State. “Our hope is that many students will participate, and it will serve as a trigger for conversations about poverty and housing.”

Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries.

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity. Each local Habitat’s homeowner selection committee operates based on three criteria: The applicant’s level of need, their willingness to partner with Habitat and their ability to repay an affordable mortgage. As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Meet the Family

Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity’s 71st build will be built in partnership with Indiana State University and the Palmer Family. Robert and Debbie Palmer have been married for 33 years, have three children and eight grandchildren. They have raised two of their granddaughters, who are now both teenagers, since birth. Dreaming of owning their own home, Robert and Debbie applied for the Habitat Homeownership Program, and in February 2019, they were selected as our 71st partner family. They couldn’t be more excited to begin their journey to homeownership; in fact, they’ve already started volunteering on the work site in preparation. The entire household is excited to be part of the building process and looking forward to seeing the finished product, knowing they helped build it from the ground up. Their house will be located in the Ryves Neighborhood as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts and will be the third house sponsored by Indiana State University.

How to Support

Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity aims to help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, go to habitat.org.

Online Donations can be made directly to Habitat for Humanity ISU build at: https://habitatindiana.networkforgood.com/projects/59118-indiana-state-university-habitat-for-humanity-build

Raffle Ticket Sale Locations:

  • Center for Community Engagement, Tirey Hall, 136
  • University Marketing, 102 Gillum Hall 
  • Stalker Hall 209
  • Dean of Students Office, HMSU 808
  • ISU Career Center
  • Habitat for Humanity: Restore at 1831 Wabash Ave. and office at 2313 Tippecanoe St., Terre Haute


How To Support

Upcoming Events

March 12 - Staff Council Trivia Night at the Sycamore Winery

April 20 – Craft Brew Fest at Terre Haute Brewery and the Raffle Draw


Center for Community Engagement

Indiana State University
Tirey Hall 136A
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Phone: (812) 237-2335
Fax: (812) 237-2525

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