March 4, 2007
After years of building homes for families, Habitat for Humanity workers and volunteers said they never get tired of watching someone walk into their new home.
“It's a long process sometimes,” said Barbara Dickson, Resource Development Director for Habitat for Humanity.
“I didn't know I’d be here today,” said Wendy Abshire, a new home owner.
Sunday, Wendy got her chance of walking into her dream, the dream of owning a home.
“It's great, the reality hasn't set in yet that this is mine,” Abshire said.
After a three year process of buying and building a house through Habitat for Humanity, Wendy now has her own set of keys. Sunday’s dedication ceremony officially makes her owner. She said she's happy her dreams are now reality, but added it was a bumpy road home.
“Lack of volunteers through Habitat and just in the Mississippi a lot of volunteers that they did have had to go to Mississippi,” said Abshire.
This house is one of two finished houses built by Habitat in Greene County, but Dickson said more are on the way.
“People work very hard for these houses and they pay for them and when they pay for a house it helps us to build another house,” said Dickson.
To help on construction of houses are applicants waiting for their own home to be built.
In fact, it’s required for applicants to work at least fifty hours helping to build other's homes in addition to their own.
“The ability and interest in working a lot of hours, hard work on their house and other people's houses before they can get their house done,” Dickson said.
Now that Wendy’s house is finally finished, she's looking forward to the future in her new home.
Around two hundred volunteers worked to build this house Habitat for Humanity said they're expanding their coverage area by getting out to the surrounding counties.
Wendy plans to continue working with Habitat for Humanity to help others fulfill their home-owning dreams.