Home Sweet Home

. March 30, 2015.

After many years serving as a missionary in Southeast Asia, Julie Merrin returned to her hometown of Findlay, with her adopted daughter, Rachel, to start again. But Merrin, an administrative assistant for Findlay City Schools, didn’t have secure, long-term housing. That changed in January when she was selected as the recipient of the Habitat for Humanity home, sponsored by the University of Findlay. “I had been preparing myself for them to choose someone else,” Merrin wrote on her blog (juliemusings.blogspot.com). “God snuck up on me so very quietly with this delightful surprise.”  UF campus volunteers and the Merrins will begin constructing and painting walls this month. Construction begins on-site in August, and the Merrins should be in their new home in time for Thanksgiving. UF raised $75,000 over the past six years for the home, which includes $20,000 from three matching grants from Habitat for Humanity International. “I look forward to getting to know the students from the University of Findlay who will actually be building the house,” Merrin wrote. “They are just a few years older than the teens I worked with in Indonesia. I hope that in some way, I can touch their lives as much as they will certainly touch ours.”