The two-bedroom home was built by Ocoee Regional Builders Association members as one of their community projects. The builders have constructed eight homes over the past 10 years.
ORBA President Charlotte Jones was given a big hug as she presented the keys to Jane Galay.
Galay had a joyful hug for everyone as she greeted them. She said the dedication was not so much about a house as it was about a heart.
“It’s the heart of a community. What we are seeing is evidence of a Christian community that is unlike so many others,” she said. “I am just so thankful to everyone for everything. You are now in my home and in my heart. I invite you all to come back again and again.
“I am so thankful, I now have a place. It was very important for me to find ‘home.’ This is something I can pass on to my kids and my children’s children.”
Galay had another hug for Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland. He said the dedication was not of a house, but a home.
“Jane has been a friend of mine for a very long time and there is no one in this community who lives their faith any more than Jane does,” he said.
And, she had another hug for Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis after he read the “Litany of Dedication” that began “With gratitude to God, who has provided the materials and given us strength to build this house.”
The litany ended with the statement that, “We dedicate this home to the glory of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”