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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Howey, Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity to Honor Long Time Leaders: Mary Wheeler & Jerry Whitton

(Marion, IN – September 29, 2021) Habitat for Humanity of Grant County Inc is set to recognize the many years of dedication and commitment by Mary Wheeler and Jerry Whitton to the Habitat mission. Habitat invites the public to join us for a bench dedication ceremony at Matter Park on October 14th at 11 AM near the pickleball courts.

Both Wheeler and Whitton have a long history with the Grant County Habitat affiliate dating back to its inception in 1993, and both being involved in most all Habitat projects to date. Since its inception, Habitat has built 54 homes, and is currently building its 55th. Most recently, the organization launched an owner-occupied Critical Repair Program.

Acting in many roles eventually leading to the role of Executive Director, Mary Wheeler spent more than 25 years serving Habitat. Mary was able to skillfully manage the many ups and downs of working in nonprofit leadership and ultimately brought Habitat to the success it has seen today. A long-time partner family, Paige Williams, says of Wheeler, “Mary is wonderful to work with. She went out of her way to support my family to become a homeowner, and continued to support us in all the years of making payments afterwards. We knew we could call Mary with questions, unexpected issues, and to update her on our family.”

Jerry Whitton also spent more than 25 years serving at Habitat, most notably in the role of Board President. Whitton embodied the mission of Habitat and offered steadfast leadership, wisdom, and a strong foundation of faith allowing Habitat to thrive and continue to grow. “[Jerry] has always lived by faith, family and service to his community with Habitat for Humanity being one of the ways he has served Grant County for many years,” says Whitton’s son, Eric Whitton.

“Habitat is honored to share and continue Mary Wheeler and Jerry Whitton’s legacy within the organization and community. Please join us for the bench dedication ceremony to reminisce, thank, and celebrate with these dynamic Grant County leaders,” says current executive director, Britany Howey.

About Habitat:

Habitat for Humanity of Grant County is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Grant County. Founded in 1993 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, HFHGC strives to build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with qualified Grant County residents with a dream of homeownership through a zero-interest mortgage financing program. HFHGC is an Equal Housing Lender.

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