Danny Mack, above, climbs onto a bunkbed in his new Habitat for Humanity home Sunday before the home’s official dedication. Danny and his brothers helped their father, Noel, and Habitat crews construct the home on Marine Street in Hanover. Noel Mack, below, speaks with Linda laCour, a Madison Consolidated Schools board member, following the dedication of his home. School groups — from Southwestern and Madison — as well as several other volunteers pitched in to help the Macks complete the Habitat build in just nine months.
Danny Mack, above, climbs onto a bunkbed in his new Habitat for Humanity home Sunday before the home’s official dedication. Danny and his brothers helped their father, Noel, and Habitat crews construct the home on Marine Street in Hanover. Noel Mack, below, speaks with Linda laCour, a Madison Consolidated Schools board member, following the dedication of his home. School groups — from Southwestern and Madison — as well as several other volunteers pitched in to help the Macks complete the Habitat build in just nine months.
Noel Mack clutched the keys to his house Sunday while briefly addressing a small crowd of supporters and volunteers inside his new Habitat for Humanity home.

He thanked God and the "angels" who participated in the Habitat build. The project broke ground in November of last year. Crews battled an abnormally cold and snow-filled winter but were able to complete the build in about nine months.

The house is located in Hanover on Marine Street - the third Habitat home in the area.  

"It all came together," Mack said. "And it's great."

Mack and his three boys - Elijah, Danny and Kordel - began moving into the house following Sunday's dedication. For the Habitat build, Mack put in the required 500 hours of sweat equity and completed a financial training course. His children helped, too, during non-construction days.  

Habitat homeowners are selected through an application process, which includes a review of the applicant's financial situation and a final home visit by the selection committee. Approved homeowners are then given a fixed mortgage rate based on the household income.

Mack, who works at Madison Precision Products, lived in Presidential Estates in Madison during the build. Before that, he lived in a rental property in downtown Madison but was displaced after the landlord sold the building.

Mack said he was amazed with the outpouring of support he received during the build. He worked alongside longtime Habitat members, volunteers, as well as community and school groups.

One of the main pillars of support came just a few feet from his front door. His neighbors, Angie and Carl Hutchinson, volunteered on the project frequently. After finishing their own build about two years ago, the Hutchinsons have assisted with every Habitat project since. They estimate they've spent between 500 and 600 volunteer hours on their neighbors' Habitat builds.

"Just paying it forward," Carl Hutchinson said. "We give. Continuously, we're trying to help people."

The Hutchinsons connection to Habitat took a step further recently when the Habitat board announced the couple would be its construction coordinators for the next two years.

"If the opportunity is there at the end of two years, I'll go ahead and keep doing it, because I like it," Carl Hutchinson said.

During the ceremony, the Habitat board also recognized Kathy and Rob Andersen, who are Jefferson County's next Habitat family. The Andersens are expected to move into a renovated Habitat home on Lois Lane in Hanover later this year.