Habitat For Humanity celebrates its 100th home

By WEEK Reporter

Habitat For Humanity celebrates its 100th home

June 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- For 37 years, Habitat for Humanity has been changing lives in the Peoria area. On Wednesday, they continued that mission by breaking ground on their 100th home.

Volunteers gathered in East Peoria to celebrate the location of Laura Beneventi's first home. Mayor Dave Mingus told Beneventi East Peoria welcomes her with open arms. He says he, along with Habitat, hope the house will be complete in time for Christmas, so it can be decorated for the Festival of Lights. Community volunteers promised it would be.

"That support is what makes Habitat for Humanity so successful," said LeaAnne Schmidgall, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria. "Community support is the fundamentals of Habitat. Volunteers run Habitat. We rely on them and their support will be great for Laura."

"It's been two years in the making," Beneventi said. "It's been an incredible opportunity, I've learned a lot along the way and I've met some really great people and it is exciting to finally see it come full circle."

Beneventi is nearing completion of the 250 'sweat equity hours' required to obtain her new home. She is excited to complete her time during the building process.