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John Hinegardner, Dometic employee, carries 2×6 lumber for the panel build at Dometic

On a clear and warm Wednesday (Aug. 22) morning about 40 volunteers from Dometic Corp. and several Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County employees gathered at the supplier’s corporate headquarters to help an Elkhart, Ind., family get a new start on life.

Scott Nelson, Dometic regional president of Americas, who helped build wall panels for the home, noted, “I went to the opening of the new Habitat home last summer and it was pretty moving. We need to do this because this is who we are. We need to give back to our community.”  

Volunteers moved and nailed precut 2×4 and 2×6 pieces of lumber that served as walls for the home. The sound of hammers hitting nails mixed with tunes from local DJ. Duffy Sherman, as the construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County moved between groups of workers answering questions and offering suggestions. A donation from Dometic covered the cost of the materials, planning and logistics for the build.

The panels were destined for a home for Makelaa Beard and her two sons, aged 11 and 1. “This is all about my boys,” Beard said, who has been living in the same apartment complex for 13 years. “It’s fantastic. My oldest son is excited about a new start and a new school.”

— Story and Photos by Tyler Klassen