The board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County announced Andrea Ward has been appointed the organization’s new executive director.
Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County partners with qualified families and community members to assist in providing affordable housing. The organization is a Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety.
Future Habitat Homeowners provide volunteer hours during the construction of their home and assume ownership with a lower-cost mortgage once construction is complete.
Previously, Ward served as a volunteer workforce manager with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville. She holds a Master of Science in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technologies, Construction Management and Design Option from Southeast Missouri State University.
“I am looking forward to deepening Habitat for Humanity’s impact in Dubois County through affordable home ownership, one homeowner at a time,” Ward said. “Walking alongside someone as they go through the Habitat homeowner program is one of my favorite things about Habitat.”
Ward added that during the process of becoming homeowners, she is blessed to witness the dignity and pride that forms in these future Habitat homeowners.
“The transformation you see in the families we serve is indescribable,” she said. “Mindsets change from making week to week decisions with their lives and finances to setting long-term attainable goals and achieving them. Children begin to dream about their future; about having friends over to their house for the first time, birthday parties, Christmases.”
Bringing someone with Ward’s drive and dedication to the organization was important to the board of directors.
“Andrea is a wonderful addition to our organization with her previous experience with Habitat and her passion for community and relationship building,” Todd Whalen, Habitat’s board president, said. “We are excited for the continued growth of the organization and look forward to the future impact our organization can make with her leadership as the new executive director.”
Ward is looking forward to partnering with the community and the next family to build a home in Dubois County.
“Owning a Habitat house means they will have a place to finally call home,” she said. “That’s where my passion for Habitat come from; everyone needs a foundation to build a future.”
Ward and her husband, Mitchell, have two children, Micah and Alicen. The family lives in Jasper.