Kulish home dedicated

Veniamin (Ben) and Nadezhda (Nadya) Kulish celebrated their new life in a home built by them and for them with the help of Habitat for Humanity and local volunteers in Middlebury’s York Hills Subdivision. Nadya and Ben cut the ribbon while their children (l/r) Valentina (17), Mark (14), Timothy (7), David (13), Anna (10), and Samuel (13) hold the ribbon. In the background (l/r) are Middlebury Town Manager Mary Cripe, Angelica Kulish (18), brother Ben Jr. (19), and sister Rachel (16), with Ralph Jackson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County on the far right.

On December 11, the Kulish family had a very full house.

The home on York Hills Drive was packed as Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County dedicated the home and presented the family with the keys.

The family of nine closed on the home a few days later and will be moved in time to celebrate their first Christmas in their new home. The family has been working with Habitat for over two years to make this dream a reality, having gone above and beyond the required 250 hours of sweat equity needed.

Welcoming the family into their new home were Ralph Jackson, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, Sheri Howland and Jason Bontrager from the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, Middlebury Town Manager Mary Cripe, and Habitat Facilities Manager Brian Oakes.

The Kulish’s family pastor, Leonid Rusavuk from the Conservative Baptist Church of Nappanee, blessed the home.

Habitat Services Director Bethany Anglin presented a Bible to the family, along with the keys to their home.

The family, Dad – Veniamin (Ben), Mom – Nadezhda (Nadya), and their children, Ben. Jr. (19), Angelica (18), Valentina (17), Rachel (16), Mark, (14), twins Samuel and David (13), Anna (10), and Timothy (7), were excited to begin a new chapter of their lives in their new home.

Ben Jr. and Angelica have begun their first year of college at IUSB. Valentina and Rachel attend Northridge High School, while the younger siblings attend Woodlawn Christian School.

The family also includes Ben’s mother, Anna, 84, who moved in with them three years ago after her husband passed away.