project to help families
find housing after disaster
house to be renovated,
maintained by group
(May 2010) During church service two years
ago, North Madison Christian Church Pastor Bill Hicks asked congregation
members if they were willing to take a challenge, but he didnt
tell them what it was. After the service, Holly Harmon was one of those
parishioners willing to try. Hicks handed her $100 and told her to come
up with a way to help people.
Phoenix board members
include (from left) Chris Sedam,
Steve Hale, Julie White, Holly
Harmon and Tim Harmon.
Absent is Kara Sedam.
Because of that original challenge, Project Phoenix was
created to help people who have lost their home due to a disaster. The
project, a committee of non-profit organization Historic Hoosier Hills
Resource Conservation and Development, has been given a home to restore
and maintain for families involved in a crisis.
Recently, the City of Madison, Ind., was given more than 23 acres of
property on Madisons hilltop by the Indiana Department of Corrections.
That property included a two-story, 2,400-square-foot brick home, built
in the 1930s. The city donated that home to Project Phoenix, said Tim
Harmon, a board member of the project.
City of Madison Building Inspector Mike Hoffman said the house is structurally
sound but will need just about everything on the interior replaced.
Its in sad shape, but it can be renovated, he said.
We are elated that our dreams are becoming a reality, said
Harmon. Currently, we are working on all the legal aspects of
the transaction, but we hope to have things in place to be able to help
families in need by next year.
Harmon said that after his wife took the challenge offered by their
pastor, he received a call from a distressed family that knew he had
rental property available. I wished that I could have been in
a place financially to offer them the help they needed, but it wasnt
a reality, he said. I realized then that a community group
could possibly work on a project to buy and maintain a home for people
that suffer from disaster.
When completed, families will be able to stay in the house for up to
six months without paying rent. It will help them get back on
their feet, said Harmon.
The organization has been working steadily for the past year on fundraising
for the project.
On May 23, Project Phoenix will host a Family Fun Golf Day golf scramble
at Cozy Acres Golf Complex, 4040 N. SR 62. Activities start at 10:30
a.m. The cost is $25 per player, and there will be prizes available,
including a four-wheeler, Callaway irons, a Sharp Flat Screen TV, and
two U.S. plane tickets. Kroger Co has donated its services for a cookout
lunch. A giant slide and jump around inflatables will be there for children.
Sponsors for the event include Kroger, WORX Radio 96.7 FM and Andersons
Sales and Service.
The event is open to all ages, and we hope to see everybody come
out and support us, said Harmon.
For more information about Project Phoenix,
For information about the Family Fun Golf Day, call Cozy Acres Golf
Complex, (812) 273-3137.
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