Fifty senior citizens gathered for their potluck meal last week and were once again inspired to hear the story of Habitat for Humanity. Dan Thomson, from the retail store in Ames, reminded us of Habitat’s origin in the 1970s and its continued success in many parts of the U.S. today. Our local chapter covers Hardin, Hamilton and Story counties, where 56 houses have been completed.

Thomson told us that in our counties they often use young people, from college construction classes, to frame the house and other volunteers to do the finish work inside. He told us how lucky the Habitat Board was to get the chance to purchase the former Heartland Baptist church for its new store location. (Many of us remember it only as the Joy and Johnson Auction House.) After a small amount of remodeling, they will be able to have all of their offices and storage locations in one building.

Many volunteers will be needed for the move as well as to man the store after it opens. Store hours will likely expand to Tuesdays–Saturday, 9-5, with an a couple 6 o’clocks to allow people to shop after work.

Last Wednesday we had 20 people come to watch the movie “Wonder.” Watching this movie for the second time, I was even more impressed with the script writers, as well as the acting. If you haven’t seen it, you may want to rent it for your entire family to watch. There are many good lessons to be learned!

I did not get enough people signed up for the AARP safe driving class, so we will not be hosting that this year.