Illinois Veteran Gets Chilly Neighborhood Reception Then Outpouring of Generosity

Habitat is scheduled to break ground on Memorial Day. With monthly payments just under $600 at zero percent interest, the Woods will be able to own their own home in 20 years.

To qualify as a Habitat family, Julie and Brian Wood have had to put in 500 hours as volunteers between the two of them and go through 12 different classes about being a homeowner. It takes about four months to build the home once the lot is picked. There will be 16 to 18 Saturdays during which people can volunteer and actually get to work side by side with the family they are helping.

What happened to the Wood family has inspired the birth of a new challenge. "If the community can do this for one family, let's do it for ten more families," Schmidgall said.

For donations to help the Wood family, call (309) 676-6729 ext. 6 or go to Congressman Schock's Military/Veteran Build 2014.

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