Like all affiliates, we seek to build
homes as well as lives.  This helps
families through home ownership to
break the cycle of poverty and
improve communities.  Habitat's
ministry is based on the belief that to
follow Christ's example we must
show caring and love by our actions,
not just our words.  Diverse groups
of people work together with a
common goal, setting aside
differences in the act of caring.
  • Be a Volunteer
  • Work on a Committee
  • Help Prepare Meals
  • Provide Financial Support
Joins families and communities in need together with
volunteers and resources to build decent affordable
housing.  Habitat is a people-to-people partnership
committed to the development and uplifting of families
and communities, not just the construction of houses.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization.  
Homeowners make affordable no interest mortgage
payments over a fixed period, typically twenty years.

All partner families contribute "sweat equity" as they
work as partners with the affiliate and other volunteers
to accomplish Habitat's mission both locally and
2014 Volunteer of the Year
Working on the Harden home
PO Box 260
Nashville, IN 47448-4926
Phone: 812-988-4926
All homes are constructed with almost all volunteer
workers. To be a Volunteer contact us at e-mail:
Linda Ault-Potter, Volunteer Coordinator,
812-988-6364 or Mike Jeffries  812-988-0865
2013 Mark Thompson
2012 Bruce Clegg
2011 Linda Welty
2010- Bill Walters
2009 - Allen Hazelbaker
2008 - Dennis Huntington
2007 - Doug Miller
2006 - Carrol Sumner
Brown County Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 260
Nashville, IN 47448-4926
E-mail address for Brown County Habitat:
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2014 Partner Family
rystal and Abe
with their
children E
lias and
Much care is taken by the Family and Nurturing Committee of Brown County
Habitat for Humanity in deciding upon a partner family for their annual build.
This year the 18th house will become home to a family whose initials spell

Crystal, Abe, Rosalyn and Elias McGrayel are visibly excited to break ground
at Treetop Lane and North 135. Plans are being finalized regarding a
contractor, and then Abe and Crystal will roll up their sleeves and help by
contributing 500 hours of sweat equity.

The McGrayels are no strangers to construction and hard work. Actually, they
met ten years ago on a job site on Old 46. Crystal was working for a computer
business and her boss was building a house next door. Abe was working on
the job, and Crystal would go over to help out occasionally.  Following that job,
she and Abe worked together on other jobs with Abe's dad, local builder Jim
McGrayel, who taught Abe the carpentry trade at the age of ten.  Abe's mom,
Christine Ritzmann, is with the Brown County Planning and Zoning office. Abe
is a 2000 graduate of Brown County High School. He is employed by J.R.
Richardson Seamless Gutters in Unionville. Crystal grew up in the county as
well. Her parents, Doug and Sandy Barnett, live in Brown County while working
in Martinsville and Indianapolis, thus resulting in Crystal's schooling at a
Christian high school in Martinsville.  In addition to caring for Rosalyn, six, and
Elias, three, she keeps busy with her own Facebook business, Cloth Creations
and More, where she sells cloth diapers, blankets, purses, bags and stuff for
kids. She fixes computers, and also cleans for a local church for Elias to attend
preschool at The Village Green. Rosalyn is in kindergarten at Sprunica
Elementary School. Crystal's grandfather was in construction in Indianapolis,
working on several projects including bridge-building.

The entire McGrayel family is looking forward to having their own house. It will
be fun to see if it is completed in time for their new baby girl, due August 9, to
be carried over the threshold at the dedication ceremony!  We welcome the
five of them to the Habitat family, where volunteers work with partner families to
build houses, lives and communities.

-submitted by Jinny Thompson

An official introduction of the family will take place at the Brown County
Community Band concert Saturday, May 3rd. The concert w
ill be held at the
BC High School auditorium. The McGrayel's will also participate in our annual
SummerFest on June 21st. They will be a part of the Hike on September 20th.

Brown County Habitat for Humanity welcomes the McGrayel Family as our next
Partner Family and wish them all the best as our construction begins this

For additional information or to volunteer, contact Habitat at 812-988-4926.
Join us at the Brown County Community Band Concert, Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30pm. to find out
which noteworthy person will receive the Volunteer of the Year award.  The concert will be held
at the Brown County Auditorium and delicious cookies will be available as well!