Family Celebrates new Habitat home in Statesville
By: Jonathan Weaver
Shana Summers stood wide-eyed in her new front yard. As the crowd around her slowly grew, the mother of three couldn’t hold back her smiles.
Friday was Summers’ first day in her new Habitat for Humanity home on Gray Street in Statesville, and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity representatives gave her a welcome home party attended by about 30 well-wishers, complete with special remarks, an official blessing and ribbon cutting.
“It’s amazing,” said Summers, a life-long resident of Statesville. “I’ve rented all my life and now I finally have a place of my own.” Daughter Alazjah Murdock, 13, said the family has been so excited they’ve had their stuff packed and ready to go for two months.
Summers and her children moved into a roughly 1,200–square-foot three bedroom, two bath home with a galley kitchen and new HVAC and plumbing, said David Chapman, site supervisor for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. The home was originally built in 2001.
Summers first decided to work with Habitat for Humanity after a boy at the child care center she worked at continually talked about how much he loved his new home. After deciding to go through the process, she attended eight life skills classes on personal finances, budgeting, home maintenance, fire safety and more. She also put in 400 hours of what Habitat calls “sweat equity” helping on her home and others under construction.
The home dedication ceremony acts as a graduation for a homeowner-in-process to a homeowner, said Jeff Porter, executive director of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.
Summers said getting a Christmas tree will be one of the first orders of business, but “it’s already been an incredible Christmas.”
“I want to thank everybody who helped to put this together,” said 10-year-old Nakayla Murdock, another daughter of Summers. “It’s been a blessing.”
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