October 2, 2019
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity had the fortune of blessing two new homes last month, back to back.
On June 6, homeowner Vee accepted the keys to the new house he helped build in Cornelius, which he will share with his four children. Vee’s road to homeownership was not easy—he had to pay off collection debt before he could be accepted into the program, then had to work his sweat equity hours around his job as a truck driver.
The family of five is leaving overcrowded conditions from the two-bedroom apartment where they were living, and Vee says his children are thrilled about having a home of their own. The whole family helped decide on colors and finishes for the house and they picked out new furniture together, too.
Vee’s home was sponsored by Kilwin’s of Huntersville and the Lake Norman Faith Coalition, which includes Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Lake Norman Baptist Church and Saint Mark Catholic Church.
“I want Habitat and the sponsors to know how much I appreciate what they have done for me, and what they do for the world, to give people hope and encourage them to give back,” Vee said, noting the experience has motivated his family to volunteer more and find other ways they can give back to the community. “What they did for me, words cannot explain.”
The day after dedicating Vee’s house, Habitat homeowner Sabrina was able to celebrate her new home in Mooresville. Sabrina will live in the home with her two teenage sons, Tracy and Tresean. Tracy, who just graduated from Mooresville High, hopes to go to culinary school and particularly enjoys making sushi, so Sabrina’s new kitchen may be a busy place. Tresean, a senior, is interested in studying sports medicine.
Before coming to Our Towns Habitat, the family has lived in a subsidized apartment the past 11 years, which was still unaffordable on Sabrina’s salary as a graphic designer. Their new home will allow Tracy and Tresean to have their own bedrooms for the first time.
Affordable housing is a cause that is important to Lowe’s, who sponsored Sabrina’s home, according to Community Relations Manager James Frison.
“Building your home is not a do-it-yourself project,” Frison noted. “It takes a team.” In addition to providing financial support, Lowe’s employees assisted with landscaping and other volunteer help to build the house. Sabrina’s house is one of 1,000 the company plans to help build this year.
Sabrina’s home was also sponsored by Wells Fargo and through SHOP and HOME grant funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.