“We dedicate these homes.”
On a steamy Thursday evening, a crowd gathered to help three Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland families celebrate the dedication of their new homes, which …
“We dedicate these homes.”
On a steamy Thursday evening, a crowd gathered to help three Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland families celebrate the dedication of their new homes, which culminated in emotional moments as each family was handed their keys.
“It’s the culmination of everything we do and what it’s all about – it’s just so fulfilling,” Habitat Executive Director Chip Willis stated.
Before the official ribbon cutting and turning over of keys to each family, Willis encouraged them to enjoy the excitement and to let the excitement carry over as they make their house a home and make futures in those homes.
Their hard work, dedication and perseverance had finally paid off, thanks to the efforts and support of a multitude of community partners, sponsors and volunteers. For the Basora, Bell and Stafford families, the little over two-year-long process for their Habitat homes was worth the wait and work, as it helped each one of them see their dreams come to life.
“It makes it so special because we had been praying and praying, and God answered,” Rhina Basora declared.
“It is so exciting. I can’t even describe how excited we are.”
The Basora family, — Jose, Rhina, Jose Jr., and Jesse — addressed the group on Thursday, where they were not only able to convey their gratitude, but the gratitude of all the families present.
“This is a new start and status for all of us,” Rhina stated.
She also added none of it would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the “organization of cooperation” that encompasses all facets of Habitat.
“No one did it by themselves,” she added.
For Sheila Bell and her two granddaughters, Amy and Jazmine, a variety of emotions were experienced at the home dedication ceremony.
“In one sense, it’s a relief and in another sense, it’s a dream come true,” Bell said.
“This is something that you dream about and never really expect to come true – My dream came true, my prayers (were answered) and it feels fabulous.”
While Bell admitted the process was very in-depth, she knows it has led to great things in her life and the lives of her granddaughters.
“It’s a wonderful experience – the people and the things that they help you with. You go through financial classes, where they teach you how to take care of your money. It’s a long ride, longer than I expected, but was worth every minute,” Bell explained.
Melissa Stafford, who has worked long and hard to reach her goals of home ownership with children Haley and Austin, was feeling overwhelmed, excited and blessed as she stood in the living room of her brand new home.
“It’s a place we can finally call our own, have stability and a place where we can feel safe and feel at home,” Stafford proclaimed.
The homes for the Basora, Bell and Stafford families are one, two and three of the year for Habitat. Work on their fourth house has begun with the Blitz Build. Willis expects them to break ground on their fifth home, which is being completely sponsored by Whirlpool, in the next 30 to 40 days.
To date, Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland has built 130 homes.
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