Taylorville inmates finish 200th home for Habitat

Taylorville Correctional Center inmates put the putting the final touches on the latest home they're building for Habitat for Humanity.

The home is the 200th that was built by the inmates taking construction classes at the prison about 30 miles southeast of Springfield.

The effort began 15 years ago as a partnership between the Illinois Department of Corrections, Luther Social Services of Illinois and Habitat for Humanity. Since then more than 350 inmates have helped build homes for needy families in central Illinois. The house that inmates finished building Wednesday will go to a family from Sangamon County.

Inmates in the program take construction trade classes at the prison as part of a vocation program with Lake Land Community College in Mattoon.

The homes are built with donated material.

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