FRANKLIN, Ind. — Morning Pointe of Franklin residents and associates are always looking for ways to pay it forward, lending a helping hand to the already-hardworking volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County.

The assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community warmed hearts in their own way, preparing meals for the workers as they toiled away on their latest home project — one with a harrowing story and a new chapter of hope.

In 2014, a fire consumed a home, taking the lives of a mother and two children. At that time, Morning Pointe joined in with the greater community to provide support to those affected by the tragedy.

Now hands have come together to rebuild a home where the house once stood for a new family, and Morning Pointe residents and associates are helping put up the door to a new future.

“It is amazing how small this world is and how things do go in a circle and how we were blessed to be a part of both tragedy and new hope,” says Mary Beth Piland, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe. “I am proud to be a part of a community that touches the lives of others.”

But these acts of kindness are nothing new for the residents, associates and volunteers, who are giving back in a big way. In honor of parent company Morning Pointe Senior Living’s 20th anniversary, its assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities set a goal to give back 20,000 hours of community service in 2017. Already surpassing their goal at 28,000 hours, the seniors are showing no signs of slowing down.

Photo: Morning Pointe of Franklin Executive Director Lisa Holstein and Habitat for Humanity workers help build a home once lost to a fire in 2014.