Team members raise a wall during the house panel build at Lippert Plant 85 in Goshen

On a bright, clear but chilly Thursday (April 19) morning about 50 Lippert team members gathered at Plant 85 on the southeast side of Goshen, Ind., to help one Bristol family have a place they can call their own. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Tyler Klassen).

The second sponsored house panel build by the team at Plant 85 will help Belinda Alonso and her family move into a home along County Road 8 near Bristol. “They are pretty excited,” said Alonso about her three children and the chance to move into a home of their own. “To see the community coming together to help one another… They care about me and my family.”

As Lippert team members gathered for a briefing before starting work, plant Assistant Manager Nate Bontrager said, “This sponsored build is part of Lippert’s drive to give to the community. The team is passionate about giving a couple of hours to give back to the community.”

Lippert volunteers and Habitat workers worked together to organize, nail together and then assemble the wall panels into a rough shape of the finished house. Setting the panels into place let the volunteers get an idea of what the house looks like and is a “fun finish to the two hours of work,” according to Duffy Sherman, Elkhart County Habitat for Humanity construction manager.

Lippert plant 85 team member Tiphani Waggoner noted, “This is such a great thing Lippert is doing. The whole idea of not making things just to sell, but helping other people who maybe don’t have the means. I really like it.”

The Alonso family hopes to move into their new home sometime in June.

— Tyler Klassen